Should I be worried that my 15 month old has no interest in talking yet?

Andrea - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old and only says mama, dada, and bobba. I was told that they should start saying other words around 1 yr. I'm beginning to worry because he shows no interest in learning new words.

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ALANAH - posted on 03/13/2010

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is he/she isnt saying any words at all i would get a hearing check my youngest wasnt babbling at all at around 5mnths had a hearing check done and his hearing was down a fair bit went to ear nose specialist and he had heaps of fluid in ears had grommits put in a month later and he past his next hearing check 6 wks later and was babbling not long after and was saying simple words by 9 mnths.
Dosent hurt to get there hearing checked im so glad i did but dont panic as all babys are different and do stuff in there own time, your bubs proberly fine but its always good to have them checked :)

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I made a mistake above - My 4yr old did not start talking till she was 2. The doctor told us it was b/c we did everything for her and she never had to ask for anything. She responded very well to sign language and that helped (for us) to get her started. Just basic signs: more, eat, drink, sleep, & thank you.

Maureen - posted on 03/11/2010

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my daughter didn't start talking until after 2 years old. She didn't want to talk until she knew she was saying it correctly. My oldest son talked right away. My third is 22 months old and saying many sounds but nothing that we can really figure out. He understands everything. I have heard him speak so clearly that I thought it was the other two. They will talk when they are ready. Is he active in his gross motor skills? Just keep reading to him and playing with him. Good luck.

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My husband and I are both teachers, so we were worried about this and the long term effects of speech delay. We had the same worries as our son was not talking. I had looked up milestones and he was about 6 mo. "behind" the norms. We had talked to our doc. about this and she rec. that we get an eval done with First Steps and received free speech services. Less than a year later he is doing much better. Every state has a free program that services kids 0-3yrs. with delays (First Steps is what it is called in IN) You can go to your states website and find it that way.

Just keep a log of the words that your little one is saying. Remember that a consistant sound is a word. Ex: my son used to say "oooh" for bridge every time. that counts as a word as long as it is just for that object. Our doc. also said that docs. are no longer counting sign as words, they need to be spoken.

Our friends' little one is 14mo. and she is not talking right now. Keep talking and making silly sounds!

Sheila - posted on 03/10/2010

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my 22mth old is saying owe and dadda and that just started last week it will come and when it does it dosent stop. He has an older brother so lots of second siblings start later because there siblings talk for them

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All children are different so it's hard to say if there is a problem or not. My oldest only said basic words until she was 20mths and then she started talking all the time and using full sentences. My 4 yr old hardly talked at all by age 3 and then she was non stop. Now my 2 yr old ( 4-23-07 ) started speech therapy back in June and she is doing much better. She has no signs of a disability but we couldn't get her to talk at all. I have 4 children and I'm a SAHM and I talk all the time & I read to them but nothing helped her. Your pediatrician will be able to help you and let you know if there is a problem and whether or not he will need speech therapy or if it could possibly be a disability. I wouldn't worry just yet!!!

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