My 19 mth old child still doesn't talk!!

Tanya - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My child still doesn't talk at all. Says MA and that's about it. How can I encourage him to start speaking? Anyone else in the same boat?

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Kristen - posted on 07/17/2010

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my son is four and has apraxia of speech. he has more words than he used to but is still delayed. He has pop-out words that just come out of the blue but then we do not hear them again for months You could take him for a hearing test or discuss this with his doctor. Early intervention programs like Birth to Three may be able to help also. Reading, labeling things to him, basic signing, or pictures can be used too.

Amanda - posted on 07/15/2010

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Ok. My son is almost 19 months old I am not worried anymore. I thought my son had a mental problem. Thanks Marie.

Marie - posted on 07/15/2010

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He's still very young. My son was 2 1/2 before he really started talking. Children learn at their own pace. If you want to encourage him, try reading rhythmic or repetitive books to him. That will encourage him to make new sounds. Dr. Suess or Sandra Boynton books were my children's favorites at that age. Also, talk or sing to him constantly, even if it's about nothing in particular. My husband thought I was crazy, but I started talking to myself regularly when my son was in the room. He eventually started repeating me and talking more.

Sarah - posted on 07/15/2010

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If you live in the US I would talk to your local school and get connected with your AEA program (early intervention). They will do a hearing and speech evaluation. If they find that there is a delay then they will set you up with speech therapy. All this is free! The sooner you get started with the therapy the better, so I would get that going right away. I have found you have to push for what your child needs. No one is going to be more invested in your child then you. If you feel something is wrong keep pushing for answers and help.

Louise - posted on 07/15/2010

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Ok time for action. Talk and talk to your child no matter what you are doing. Make time for singing songs and rhymes and name everything you touch. Do not give him a drink when he points to it say do you want your Juice, Juice what do you want Juice. He will learn very quickly that he can get your atttention and what he wants quicker by speaking. Try and turn off the tv and have one to one contact with your child at least once a day. Use flash cards and lots of facial expression to describe words and when he does make a sound go overboard with encouragement. Hope this helps.

Laura - posted on 07/15/2010

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I also have a 19 month old and she only says about 5 or so words which is only slightly behind. To encourage talking you might want to try reading stories to him or what i do is i repeat the word i want her to say about three times. I have also noticed that the words she has learnt are things she loves like mumma dadda bubba duck and wot wots so try repeating the words to the things he loves. You may want to get his hearing checked. If he is having trouble hearing he will have trouble learning to talk.

Jen - posted on 07/15/2010

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my 20 month only can say bow wow pop mama dada grandad nana car cat what this whats tht no yes he signs for gne but doesnt say it. garden pop. i just try reading lots to him n got him sum flash cards which he loves. he has learnt the word owl from them.

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