my son is 2 and he can only say ge gi ca there is a long waiting list for speech therapy is there any-thing i can do mean time?

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Lisa - posted on 11/12/2008

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Have you tried any baby signs with him? That has worked wonders for our daughter who just refuses to repeat words. She will do the sign. We also used them with our older son and it seemed to broaden his vocabulary once he did start talking as well as reduce any frustration from miscommunication. There are lots of resources on the web where they show you how to do each sign. Just start with a couple (eat, drink, more, no, yes, sleep, potty, etc.) and at 2, he'll catch on really quick.

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2008

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Hi I have a 2 and a half year old daughter and it is only in the last 3months or so that she has really been able to commuicate with me. Up until this point I was starting to get very worried about her lack of speech and was considering taking her to a speech therapist. Then out of nowhere came all these new words! She now gabbles along with the best of them and I sometimes find myself wishing she would be quiet again just for 2 minutes!! The main thing is not to get to worried about what age he should be doing this and that-we are all individuals and we all do things in our own time. I would sign up for the speech therapist to put your mind at rest, and by the time that appointment comes around im sure he will be chattering a lot more. Try reading lots of stories, and ask him questions about everything! You probably wont get an answer straight away but it will get his mind going, and everything helps. Also singing seems to work wonders, try the same few repetitive songs and try to get him involved.

Hope this helps, good luck! :-)

Casey - posted on 11/07/2008

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I'm like Melissa, my daughter has always been a great speaker. When she was an infant I labeled EVERYTHING. "I'm taking your socks off...one, two. Now I'm putting your pjs on...one arm, two arm. Now we are going down the stairs. Also, I never asked yes or no to her. If she pointed to her milk cup...I knew she wanted more milk but I made her tell me what she wanted. I would get him on the waiting list for speech. Try, also, to teach him some simple signs such as more, milk, hungry, no, thank you, yes..that way he can communicate with you a little more. My daughters daycare teaches signs in the infant room because they can't speak yet and it is amazing to see an 8 month old sign "more" when they are still hungry. My neighbors son is three and says just a few words, he is now in the preschool disabled classes for speech and he also knows a few signs to communicate. He is talking more and more each day.

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My sister is a speech pathologist. She told me that children react very well if you actually sing the word or words to them. For some reason it is easier for them to repeat it.

Heather - posted on 11/04/2008

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2 is just the peak of when we become concerned about speech. I would still get onto the waiting list if you haven't already. But i wouldn't worry to much about it. I'm a teacher at an Early Childhood Development Center but I also have an almost 2 yr old myself. He also has delayed speech. The best advice I can give you is to talk and read to him as much as possible and listen to music with him. Does he go to daycare? If so find out what songs are on their cd for circle time and maybe make a copy for yourself to listen to in the car etc. Listening to the same songs with repeating the words and such will definately help. Also, try sign language. looking up online just a few simple signs such as more, etc. will definately help him and you without having him get frustrated that he can't get his thoughts out vocally. Typically children catch on very quickly to sign.

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My mom has 8 children and out of her 6 boys she told me that they didn't start developing speech wise until they were 3 1/2-4 and now they can't hush ;) She says the 6 year old twins are now ahead of their first grade class now. She made note to tell me it was only with her boys and she has no clue why and that with my 2 1/2 yr old son it is nothing to worry about and one day out of nowhere he will bust out with a whole sentence so I am just letting nature take it's course. XO~

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I must admit i always forget the tar word i talk to him more now but before i wos always working and when i got home i would cook then just read a book to him my partner worked nights so he would spend a bit of time with him but now im not working im going to do everything i can for him i wish i didn't go back to work at all.

Melissa - posted on 11/03/2008

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I'm constantly hearing people telling me how well my son (2 1/2 now) talks and it makes me proud. The only advice I can give you is to "talk" to your son. May sound simple - but you'd be amazed how much more you can actually say to your child. For instance every time you give him something to eat - tell him exactly what it is and try to get him to sound it out. Every time you give him a drink - tell him exactly what it is and try to get him to sound it out. Every time you go for a car ride point out the door, the car seat, the light, the signs, the trees - everything! Don't stop talking. That's all I did with my son and it's made a world of difference. he's got such a great vocabulary and it's only because I just never stopped talking to him.

Corri - posted on 11/03/2008

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Give it time, he is only 2 and all kids learn at thier own pace. My daughter was 3 in March and she is finally coming around where we don't have to translate for her. Her therapist recommends using slow and rythmic speech. Reading to them makes a huge difference! I know it can be frustrating when they want something and you can't understand them, be patient and use "Show me!". Also have you had his hearing checked?

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