my son is 18 months old and still no words not a single one and no animal sounds nothing.

Gel - posted on 04/09/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my son is 18 months old and still no words not a single one and no animal sounds nothing...i am very worried do you think it is a speech delay or somehting else?

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DAWN - posted on 04/12/2011

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I think you need to talk to his doctor and possibly contact whatever resources are available in your area to have him tested, especially if you still have concerns as he approaches age 2. It could be a hearing issue, a speech issue or some sort of high functioning autism. Any of the above, you would want to get help with ASAP. Be careful if you doctor blows you off. Get educated, talk to other doctors, parents etc.. It may be nothing but if it is something, your son will need help sooner rather than later. How is he with eye contact? Does he seem to stay in his own little world or does he interact well with others. When he does start talking, make sure he is speaking with original thoughts, not just parroting the things you say. This is another sign of autism. Is your son highly affected by loud noise? Does he seem to not require much sleep? All signs of high funtioning autism. I work with children and families and the worst thing for a child with high funtioning autism is a parent who can not accept it, so, delays help. These children can be very normal and functional with early intervention. I really, really do not want to scare you. A lot of kids talk late. But the statistics on autism are staggering. You are his best advocate. If you are worried, follow your gut feelings until you are sure you've done everything you can. I wish you the best of luck.

Krystyn - posted on 04/12/2011

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my son was almost two by the time he started talking. he always did uh and ah and pointed to everything. but now he's three and theres no stopping him from talking. he's a sponge and always have been. He talked when he was ready. if he gets to be around two n a half almost three and he's not talking, then i would def talk to your doctor.

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I am a speech pathologist and recommend that your child be tested. He may be fine, but it's better to be safe than sorry. If he really needs help then the earlier you do it, the better. If your state has an Early Intervention program, you do not need to ask your doctor for help. You can refer your child yourself.

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2011

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I wouldnt' wait on this one. If there's nothing wrong, that's fantastic, but if there is something wrong, you need to find out what and get it fixed and the sooner the better. My daughter had significant developmental delays from prematurity and it took us a year of intensive therapy to get her on track. However, the longer you wait one delay builds on another and you have even more work to go through, you know?? Get him checked out asap. I'm honestly very surprised your pediatrician hasn't done anything about it by now.

Krissy - posted on 04/10/2011

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my son was 2 when he started saying 4 words, but this yr (now 5) we found out why he only ever said 4 word still he was 3 he has high functioning autisum, it can be hard to diognose as sometimes they act like they are normal to most ppl but repetiveness - always wanting to play / do the same thing over and over is one of the signs along with speach delay. not every child speaks until they are 2 or so but htey just start to say things mostly bable i have also read about some kids who dont feel the need to speak til they are 3 or for and they are perfectly normal. my daughter only ever said one or two things at 18 months mostly mumma and dad she screams for everything else and has only started at 21 months to copy animal noises, dont dispare if you feel the need go see a pediatrician. he will talk if you slowly speak a word like 'eat' over and over and mb even sign eat to him he may relate to sign it will take a few weeks but repetition in signing will help him to talk becasue it is a one word sentance
i hope this can help and good luck

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Brenda - posted on 04/15/2011

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I am very shocked that your peds dr has not said anything. I would start with the hearing test. Than have him checked for Autisum. Does he have older sibling? Sometimes children dont feel it nessaccary to speak if their siblings speak for them. I pray that there is nothing wrong with your baby. But I would start with your peds dr.

Amy - posted on 04/12/2011

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How are the check ups? Is his hearing alright? I'd take him to the doctor just to be sure.

Amy - posted on 04/12/2011

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How are the check ups? Is his hearing alright? I'd take him to the doctor just to be sure.

Christa - posted on 04/12/2011

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Has he had problems with ear infections in the past? And if so did he get tubes in is ears? If not u may want to look into having his ears checked....then again some children jus move at a slower rate than others I would wait to be really concerned about a speech problem or delay jus yet.....

DAWN - posted on 04/12/2011

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I think you need to talk to his doctor and possibly contact whatever resources are available in your area to have him tested, especially if you still have concerns as he approaches age 2. It could be a hearing issue, a speech issue or some sort of high functioning autism. Any of the above, you would want to get help with ASAP. Be careful if you doctor blows you off. Get educated, talk to other doctors, parents etc.. It may be nothing but if it is something, your son will need help sooner rather than later. How is he with eye contact? Does he seem to stay in his own little world or does he interact well with others. When he does start talking, make sure he is speaking with original thoughts, not just parroting the things you say. This is another sign of autism. Is your son highly affected by loud noise? Does he seem to not require much sleep? All signs of high funtioning autism. I work with children and families and the worst thing for a child with high funtioning autism is a parent who can not accept it, so, delays help. These children can be very normal and functional with early intervention. I really, really do not want to scare you. A lot of kids talk late. But the statistics on autism are staggering. You are his best advocate. If you are worried, follow your gut feelings until you are sure you've done everything you can. I wish you the best of luck.

Nicole - posted on 04/11/2011

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Same problem with my son. Do you think he understands what you say most of the time? Mine uses no words but does say 'baar' when he sees a sheep and 'ggrrr' when he sees a bear picture but he doesnt say words or even mum and dad! We just started speech therapy, its expensive but I have learnt how to help encourage the words so we are working on it. The speech therapist said he just has a speech delay. If you are worried you should speak to your GP/Dr, we did and it put our minds at ease and now feel like we are helping in a proactive way.

Patricia - posted on 04/11/2011

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In our school system, there are programs called Infant&Toddlers and Child Find. You can call them and ask to have your child speech & language development evaluated. You can check with your doctor, however, I think having your son tested is a good thing. If he needs help, they will provide it at home or at the local school. Check your area schools online and you should find the number to call on there. Good luck.

Lexi - posted on 04/10/2011

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My son was the same way. He's very good at communicating his needs just completely non verbal. He babbled a lot but no words. He is now 21 months and we are starting speech therapy as soon as he has the appointment to get his hearing evaluated (can't start speech therapy without the hearing test apparently.) His doctor basically tried to talk me out of speech therapy, saying some boys just take longer, it's no big deal, lets wait and see. I had a severe speech delay though, my cousin still has a speech impediment at age 35 and my brother was delayed just a bit less than me and has a stutter. My mom didn't know how yet to be assertive with her doctors and didn't get anyone to support her and get me into speech therapy until I was 3 1/2. I didn't talk well till I was almost done with 1st grade. I got teased and it sucked. My little brother got therapy younger than me and had a lot less problems. My cousin never got therapy and I believe that's why he still struggles. Even if Torsten would be fine if we "wait and see" I don't want to. Considering the family history, I don't want him struggling like I did. He already gets so frustrated when we can't understand what he wants. His speech has really picked up over the last month and a half but I still am going to do the therapy. He now says uh oh, yeah, dada, ow and car. He says a few that are understandable to us but no one else. "Buh" while pointing up is balloon. A very jumbled "kiki" is kitty. But he still says a lot of his words out of context. His signing is better too. He's up to 10 signs and it makes life so much easier!

Maureen - posted on 04/10/2011

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My son wasn't speaking any words at 18months or really even the animal sounds. He was just making babbling noises. Just before 2 he started making some words. If your son isn't making any noises that you can tell, I would have his hearing checked just to be sure. My first daughter didn't talk until she was over 2 and she is just fine. Get it checked by a doctor they can help.

Sabra - posted on 04/09/2011

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by 18 months kids should have at least 20 words. have you had his hearing tested? if he isn't even making attempts maybe he has problems with his hearing rather than a speech problem. It is also possible that he has a speech problem talk to your doctor about it see if he recommends a speech therapist. It could also be nothing at all. He might just be a late talker but I would go get him checked out just to be sure

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