my son still isn't talking

Angela - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 22 months old and he still isn't talking.. any tips to get him to start talking more and should i be worried?

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Sharon - posted on 03/09/2010

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Does he have good receptive language? Can he follow directions and grunt or point to get what he wants or to reply to you? It can't hurt to get testing done, but if he's like my on (the same age as yours) he might just not be talking because he really doesn't have to to get what he wants/needs.

My son doesn't say much either, but recently I got him into swimming classes for his age group and his little sister (18 months) is talking more than he is. In the last couple weeks he's been picking up more words. I think the more people talking to him and expecting a response has really stepped up his desire to talk. Before he never really needed to because he spends most of his time with our extended family.

Sabrina - posted on 03/08/2010

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well see he has the basics down at least... and yeah i would check in to everything like his hearing and what not... but don't think that those are the only choices. my nephew was almost 4 before he started talking and that was because he was always home with mommy and mommy knew what he wanted in their own little language. it wasn't until he got into day care and school that he really started to catch on. and with my daughter i made flash cards for her and made them into games and little songs.. and keeping up with the repeating thing is really helpful too. like some people have already told you... before you give him something that he wants say the word to him a couple of times and have him try to say the word back to you. he'll catch on soon enough

Amy - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and doesn't say lot. She understands alot more then she says. We are going to have her hearing checked and some speech therapy done.( I'd rather have it checked and nothing be wrong). All children are different, and develop differently. We've taught her some sign language to help her communicate with us and it seem to help with temper tantrums.

Angela - posted on 03/08/2010

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i should add that my son is saying a few words like mama, dada, nana and papa.. but other than that.. nothing...

Dee - posted on 03/06/2010

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i would get his hearing checkd bcaus he shud b saying a few words.i wudnt worry either bcaus all children develop @ different stages. i mind 1-2 yr olds and id say 4 out of the 6 r saying words so dont worry.

Sarah - posted on 03/05/2010

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Keep reading and talking to him. Also try to get him to say a simple word for things he wants. Like milk, or more, or help. When he wants those things always say it a few times before giving it to him. Once you know he can say the word then require him to say it before you give him the item. Also have his hearing checked to make sure there is not hearing issue. Then I would also have an evaluation done by a speech therapist. You local school can connect you up with AEA (area education agency) that can help with the hearing and the speech, both are free. There may not be an issue, but if there is it is better to get him into speech therapy or hearing aid (if those are the issues) sooner than later. There is so much that they are learning right now that if there is a delay the longer it goes the further the delay becomes. He might also be ones of those kids that just does not really talk and then one day it all comes out and he never stops from then on.

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