My son is 24 months should he be talking?

Melissa - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son will be 24 months feb 28th, and yet he can only say little simple baby talk ex: ma, dada, baba, no, more, yay, bad. What should his speach look like at this age? how can i get him to say more then he is?

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Sondra - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and just started to really put phrases together. I have noticed that kids in day care or if they have older siblings seem to talk earlier. I talked to my sons doctor when he was 27 months to make sure I wasn't missing something. He told me that between 2 and 3 year olds vary greatly. Some speak in sentences at 24 months and others say 50 words. He said that they really can't evaluate until about 3. I only went to the doctor since family members were starting to get concerned and I wanted to tell them what the Dr. said. I felt confident that his speech was progressing and he understood almost everything I said.

I will say that if you are concerned then see his Dr. It can't hurt. And you will have some piece of mind. I am glad I went, I certainly didn't want to miss a problem if there was one. I have acknowledged that he is a late speech bloomer. He is just now starting to repeat what I say, which they say the should do at between 12 and 18 mo. They say keep reading to them. Which my son would not let me do. I also tried starfall.com. Oh, he also loved Word World on PBS. Watch it with him and interject and repeat what they are trying to teach. It helped with my son. Good Luck!

Cynthia - posted on 02/24/2010

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This is normal. You'll be surprised how fast they will just start repeating words you use alot. Try things like while you're giving her juice, say "Want juice?" Or while shes eating a cookies say "Yummy" "Cookie" She/He will start saying the things that they like first. My little girl is 25months and over the last couple of weeks her vocab has more than doubled. Its so much fun

Cheryl - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi Melissa! Julie is right. I just went through this with my son. At age 2 (2 1/2 now), he said very little and used gestures and grunts to communicate. We took him for evaluation to make sure his hearing was ok and such. He has been going to therapy and it has helped greatly! At first, we had to narrate every aspect of his life, repeating simple words, such as "you woke up", "Mommy change diaper", "Diaper off, off, off", "Diaper on, on, on"....etc. Now, I can not believe how much and how well he talks (pronounces words better than his older brother). Pretty soon your son will be talking your ear off and you may long for these days :)....lol

Julie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Our speech therapist (my preemie has delays) tells me that 2 years olds should have a vocabulary of 250-350 words! We are nowhere near that, unless he really starts putting out new words in the next 2 weeks.



Definitely talk to his pediatrician and do not take "well boys are slow to talk" as an excuse. It sounds like he could at least use an evaluation to see if he qualifies for help.



In the mean time, talk in short (3 word) sentences about what you're doing. Dish in sink. Bubbles on dish. Scrub scrub scrub. Bubbles pop pop. etc ... Try to make it fun. Read a lot of books that he likes to him. Play next to him and describe what you are doing/make sound effects/etc...



Maybe contact the closest early education school and see if they have any resources for you.



Good luck.

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