Toddler not talking

Kathryn - posted on 10/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is almost three years old and says maybe twenty words... about a week ago we had ear tubes put in and has his adnoids taken out, he was always sick when he was little and now he isnt really talking, has anyone else gone through this and when can I expect some change?? He has said three new words but Im really wanting small sentences and more words... anyone have any words of wisdom??

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Vikki - posted on 10/17/2010

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My son has a pheonic disorder and is almost 5. He has been seeing a speech therapist for over 2yrs now. He has prgressed but still struggles with talking to people who don't know him. He used to use hand signals that he made up and sounds instead of words. Try using nonsense words i.e: Fee Fii Fo Fum adding A E I U O after the letters in the alaphabet, also putting two words togethere to make short sentences, it encourages longer sentences. Anything works pink pigs, brown bear, orange carrot, dirty plates, it sounds silly but it's what we have been advised to do it really works, you just have to perserver with it. I'm not sure where you live but I'm in the UK and I saw my health visitor about it and she reffered Ben to see a specialist. Its worth looking into if you can x

Stacey - posted on 10/14/2010

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honestly you might want to go to your sons doctor talk with them....they might recommend him to go and get evaluated by a speech pathologist...i have to do the same thing...my son was talking at the age of 3 but it was all gibberish...and now he is 7 and he is in speech and occupational therapy and also he was diagnosed at the age of 4 with autism...the best of luck to you hun!

Brittney - posted on 10/14/2010

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Hello, my son is almost 3 as well and he says about 15 words at best. I have had him in speech therapy and he has made progress. You learn that not all toddlers are the same and especially if he is an only child, that he might learn to speak a lot slower than children of multiple siblings. All I suggest doing is what I try to do with my son. Get as many single word association books as you can, hard wooden puzzles of his favorite characters such as Bob the Builder or cars, dinos, ect. He WILL learn on his own time and as long as you make the learning experience fun then he will catch on in good time. We started speech therapy 3 months ago, he only had 3 sessions before the therapist quit and we were forced to take it into our own hands. In the last 3 months his vocabulary has blossomed. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 10/12/2010

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If you live in the US I would suggest talking to your local school. They can set you up with AEA (Area Education Agency). They will have a speech therapist work with him. This is all free, but they can be slow and with him being close to 3 yrs old they may try to wait until he turns 3 to put him in group therapy. I would push to get him evaluated and started with individual therapy right away (individual therapy ends when they turn 3 yrs old). Due to his ear infections and ear trouble he probably has not been able to hear very well, so this has affect his speech development. Now that he is hearing better he will start to pick up words faster, but it is still good to get some speech therapy to get him caught up to where he should be. The one thing I have learned is that you need to be the advicate and push for the help.

Lana - posted on 10/11/2010

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My now 4yo stopped talking when she was nearly 2yo we took her to she a speech pathologist when we got nothing for 6months at home. It is an emotional thing you will probably find if he has had constant ear infections then he probably has had problems hearing you properly hence the lack of words. But don't worry too much if he has just had an operation it could be a response in not knowing how to express what he is feeling and he probably hearing things clearly for the first time. Just keep talking to him and encourage him to use the words that he does now. It will all come from there. By the it took 1year of seeing the speech pathologist and our daughter talking again and at her age level. Don't show him you are anxious about him not talking.

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