my 2 year old will not say many words no matter how hard i work with him at it. what should i do?

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Teri - posted on 07/08/2011

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My daughter is a non stop talker since about 9 months. Don't rush it, believe me! She just turned two and she all of the sudden says the most adult things. My sister's daughter, on the other hand, at 18 months is only saying no and yeah. I think they just will when they are ready. As long as your child can understand you and seems to have no hearing problems, I wouldn't worry about it.

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I think you also need to look at WHAT words he is saying. my son didn't talk much either. actually when he was two he only said four words.
"Hi"
"mom"
"belly button"
"popcorn"

and the latter two he said clear as a bell, easy to understand. he obviously could twist the sounds out of his tongue and mouth, so the issue was simply his desire to talk.

My son also started talking a lot more when we got rid of the binkie/pacifier.

Anne - posted on 06/29/2011

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My son didn't talk at 2 years either. But when he started, oh boy. He talks nonstop 24/7!!

A friend of ours once put it this way: "When the kids are little, you can't wait for them to start talking and walking. But once they do, you can't wait for them to sit down and shut up." ;)

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Meghan - posted on 07/12/2011

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My 2 year old understand even the most adult directions and conversations...but he doesn't say much himself. He's got older siblings that do all the talking. Also, I feel like he thinks if he can't say it right, he doesn't want to say it. The few words he does say, he says very clearly...
bubble, bread, want, mommy, daddy, mine, drink, eat, shoe
lol
I think they just do it when they're ready... as long as you think his hearing is ok, I wouldn't worry :)

Julie - posted on 06/29/2011

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Talk to him and allow him time to respond - in good time he will.
I've observed mommies with this dilemma and THEY are the ones doing all the talking so junior has no need to!

Lia - posted on 06/28/2011

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you know I had the same concern for my two year old who wasn't speaking like her cousin of equal age. I got her evaluated by a speach therapist and all she did was see if my daughter could say so much words...and that was it. Come to find out my daughter was progressing in her percentile for her age (her cousin was probably in the upper percentile, while she was just average) so I would suggest simply research a speech paper online and seeing if your child can say the appropriate words, before spending the cost of seeing a speech therapist.

Katherine - posted on 06/27/2011

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My nephew didn't start talking until almost 3. They do it in their own time.

Katherine - posted on 06/27/2011

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My nephew didn't start talking until almost 3. They do it in their own time.

Bambi - posted on 06/27/2011

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When my son was 2 I felt like he wasn't where he should be with his speech I talked with his doctor and put him in speech therapy after a few months of that I enrolled him in a learning center which helped a lot being around kids his own age( he's a only child) I also had a hearing screening which showed some fluid which also can cause a speech delay. Just keep talking to him he will pick up words day by day Good luck!

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Talk to him! read to him! TURN OFF THE TV!!!!

My son didn't talk much either, and but when he was ready, boy was there a verbal explosion! My son is just a quiet cautious child. This fits with his personality.

In general though, th ebest way to expand your child's vocabularly is to talk to him, A LOT! like Christina reccomended, just hold a running dialogue, talking about everything, describing it, explaining it. Ask him questions, pause for a response, and then continue on. Trust me he is taking it all in.

Read to him! A LOT! this is truly the best thing you can do, study after study proves it!

Turn off the TV! He should be getting AT MOST 2 hours a day of "screen time" - this include time playing with an ipod, computer, or watching tv. If you can, eliminate these devices alltogether. Yes they do have educational programs. but rather than plug your child into those devices to learn, do similar activities WITH your child. the developmental strides will be SO MUCH GREATER! not to mention the added bonding time. I know it is tough, I am a single mom who works and goes to school. and still my son only gets about one hour of "screen time" THE WHOLE WEEK! (My son is almost 4).

Be patient, loving and eventually the words will come.

Christina - posted on 06/26/2011

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Have you talked with your Dr about it? It could be his hearing. Does he respond to noises around the house? Does he hear thunder during storms? Most kids don't talk until about the age of two. Some kids do earlier- they are just different. My first kid did not talk much except for a few words until he was over two, and then he just started talking in sentences w/o warning. Hang in there, Make sure to discuss it with your pediatrician. He could just be a more introspective personality. Don't talk in baby talk anymore, and talk your way through whatever you are doing- like you were on a show or something.For example while doing laundry - This is laundry soap...it goes in here, then we turn on the water. (turn on washing machine water) then we add the clothes ( add dirty clothes) and then we close the lid. That's how we do laundry! Try to naturally smile lots at him and sing to him. Eventually he will talk so much you'll wish he were quiet sometimes!

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