Toddlers Talking

Andrea - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 15 mo only says one word. But she says it for everything. It's more like a syllable, sounds kind of like "dehhh". She doesn't say any other consonants though she knows what objects are. When you ask her to get a particular thing or where a particular thing is, she knows exactly what i am talking about. My pediatrician told me she expected her to be saying 15-20 words clearly by 18 mos. I know she has no problems with her hearing--that part is obvious. i am doing everything i can, reading, pronouncing words in her face. my ped really scared me. should i be worried?

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011

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a lot can happen in 3 months ..sometimes it is like a switch gets flipped an all the words they have heard just start popping out..not always the case however, I am glad that your pediatrician is not taking it lightly and wants you to keep an eye on it.

Tasha - posted on 03/27/2011

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dont worry about it untill she is 18 months old. a lot of times kids dont start actually talking untill later. my son is 2 1/2 now and didnt start talking clearly untill he was almost 18 months, now hes talking in sentances and will hold a small conversation with you.

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You would think a doctor would be nice and care about your concerns and not talk to a parent like that. Any of my sons doctors talk to me or Dad like that they would get an ear full. There are 4 doctors at the place I take my boys to, two are great 1 is nice and the other I would rather not deal with. If you ever move to Savannah Ga, I'll recommend a great place :)

Andrea - posted on 03/27/2011

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my first goal is to find another doctor. i have had a lot of recommendations. i really want to find somebody who isn't pushy about vaccinations. she had a bad reaction to her MMR and since then i have wanted to slow things down a little and not pile them all on her at once. i am not going to allow her to have her 2nd MMR, though i am ok with the others, as long as we can slow the pace a little. she is not in daycare, stays home with me. yes, and then, i am certainly going to let the doctor herself know exactly what i think about her.

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Wow her doctor sounds so rude, I wouldn't worry about her speech right now. My 2 year old was so hard to understand and we would try our best to guess what he wanted. Are you able to put in a complaint about her doctor? people like that shouldn't be in that line of work

Andrea - posted on 03/27/2011

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She does babble. It's just that when she says objects, the words all sound mostly the same. i read to her all the time and have been talking to her conversationally since she was born. She says 'daddy' very clearly and says 'iddy' for lily, our dog. she signs 'please' and says 'eahhh' for please. i'm just worried because she's not really saying any consonants. i'm just angry at this pediatrician anyway. she has horrible bedside manner and has always talked down to me. and she told me this about wanting her to speak 15-20 words clearly 3 months for now on the same day that i told her i wanted to wait on her HiB booster ( she was already getting one booster that day and has a history of having reactions to her shot) and she said "WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?" like i was a total idiot.

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I was told when my son hit 2 he would just come out with a bunch of new words and he did. he was barely saying anything and now he has added a lot more words. He still has a few odd words like Light, he says il (eye-el) not sure why he says it but it works, he is able to say that he wants the light on hehe. I wouldn't be worried until your child is older.

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Does she babble? is she producing a variety of sounds when babbling? my son only said "mama" and "hi" for the longest longest time. then at about 18 months old he busts out with "Belly button" clear as a bell. So great he can now say three words, but one is a toughie!

He is now three, and talks in full sentences. each child is different and developes at their own pace. If at 18 months your daughter is not progressing don't be afraid to ask for a referral to a speech therapist.

There are some things you can do to increase your daughters vocabulary
1. READ TO HER! a lot! all the time!
2. Talk with her! a lot! just keep a running dialogue going, asking her quesitons, continuing on as if she answered, etc.
3. limit tv - in fact at her age it is reccomended she have ZERO tv.

Until your daughter can communicate with words you may want to consider using baby sign with your daughter. this will allow her to communicate her needs with you. It doesn't delay her speech and in fact children who use baby sign have a better linguistic grasp when they start talking than their peers.

If you do wind up with speech therapy fear not, catching these things early is great. As you stated, your daughter clearly understands what you are asking of her, so there is no developmental delays here.

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