My 2 year old wont talk...??

Kate - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old son, he bearly says anything, and frankly I am starting to worry. He has 5 older brothers and 1 older sister, so I thought maybe he would start to talk early, but I was wrong. Is there any suggestions for helping him with his speach??

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Kat - posted on 07/31/2010

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Hi Kate! My son is similar. He's 25ish months, and really doesn't say a whole lot. He knows Mama, baba, cookie, ball, and a couple other words, but all of that has occurred within the last 2 months. Like Angela said, talk to your pediatrician about it. Also, you might want to consider looking into whether or not your state has an Early Intervention program if you're worried. From what I understand (I haven't done it myself), they do home evaluations of the child's communication. I did come across something interesting when I was looking this up in regards to my son. There are two types of communication (whose specific terms I cannot remember...), that which is spoken, and that which is understood. Watch to see how much of your speech your son understands. This may or may not give you a clue as to whether it is a problem hearing or understanding words or a problem forming words. Try giving him little chores around the house, things that will get you asking him to do things and requiring that he understand in order to do them. Things like laundry ("Honey can you help mommy with the laundry?" "Can you hand me that shirt?") or picking up toys ("Let's help mommy pick up your toys." "Let's put the ball away.") might help expose him more frequently to common first words. Especially with repetition, this might help ease him into understanding and communicating. I've also read my son the same book before bed almost every night before bed (Goodnight Moon). I've pointed out the objects the book says "goodnight" to, and he's recently started pointing to them himself at the appropriate times in the book. Keep reading with him, showing him letters, and singing and talking to him. I also like PBS TV shows like Word World and Super Why that emphasize reading. I'm certainly no expert on speech, but these tricks have started working for my son. Every kid is different. Try not to worry too much, but it's never a bad idea to check in with your pediatrician at the next checkup (or even just giving him/her a call in between).

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Kate - posted on 07/31/2010

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lol I didnt know that, it just really bothers me because he wont even call me mommy :( or mama or anything...he says dog,cup, and eat...I guess just the basics lol

Angela - posted on 07/31/2010

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It's not that uncommon for a child of that age to not talk, especially with so many older siblings to talk for him. lol Talk to you ped., but we have a cousin who is just now starting to really talk and he turned 4 in April.

And to help you relax...Albert Einstein didn't begin talking until he was 3!!

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