Trouble Talking

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 years and 4 months old. He is still not talking as much as other children his age. He can say simple words like "mama, dada, cat, dog, choo choo, hot, no" but that's it. His doctor keeps insisting that there is no problem and that he will just "eventually" start talking. I am just really worried about my son. He seems to want to talk more and he gets really frustrated at times when he tries to communicate with us. He does not have any other siblings and it's basically just me and him all day. His daddy works all the time. He does not go to daycare, but he does get some interaction with other children. Not much though. Should I try to get another doctor's opinion or just keep waiting for my son to just start talking?

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IM in your boat as well and was told by a friend about an "Early Learning Program" in my area.  IM pretty sure all communities have this.  They come to your house and asses you child and then you get free help with your child for their talking or other things that he might be delayed on.  They come to my house every other week and work on words with my boys.  One was even chosen for a study and we get 200 usd a year.  I had no idea this was available but what a great opportunity. 

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2009

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Go outside of your doctor and find a place perhaps that does autism diagnosis or just find a speech therapist. This very well may not be the case, but I wouldn't wait. I know people that waited and could have gotten more help at the age they should have and their child could have gone further. My son was diagnosed with autism at about 20 months. He is 2 years and 4 months now. He has  no words, but like your child, can say mama and dada and few other things. He has very many other signs besides language delay, however. You child might just be delayed in speech, but it would be best to get him into a speech class at an early age.

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2009

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Go outside of your doctor and find a place perhaps that does autism diagnosis or just find a speech therapist. This very well may not be the case, but I wouldn't wait. I know people that waited and could have gotten more help at the age they should have and their child could have gone further. My son was diagnosed with autism at about 20 months. He is 2 years and 4 months now. He has  no words, but like your child, can say mama and dada and few other things. He has very many other signs besides language delay, however. You child might just be delayed in speech, but it would be best to get him into a speech class at an early age.

Lena - posted on 02/09/2009

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I agree with Mary. I think if you did not see your child get upset about not being able to communicate his needs, it would suggest that he just "wasn't there." However, it sounds like you're both frustrated. Call your county and look into "Early Intervention" program. They will do a free evaluation (probably even at your house!) If your child qualifies, a speech therapist will come to your house and work with your son in your presence. It will help him to move along and will give you great tips on how to help him. I'm speaking from experience. My son has just "graduated" from such program. He still needs speech therapy but he would never be this far along if he did not have help. Good luck.

Lena - posted on 02/09/2009

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I agree with Mary. I think if you did not see your child get upset about not being able to communicate his needs, it would suggest that he just "wasn't there." However, it sounds like you're both frustrated. Call your county and look into "Early Intervention" program. They will do a free evaluation (probably even at your house!) If your child qualifies, a speech therapist will come to your house and work with your son in your presence. It will help him to move along and will give you great tips on how to help him. I'm speaking from experience. My son has just "graduated" from such program. He still needs speech therapy but he would never be this far along if he did not have help. Good luck.

Lena - posted on 02/09/2009

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I agree with Mary. I think if you did not see your child get upset about not being able to communicate his needs, it would suggest that he just "wasn't there." However, it sounds like you're both frustrated. Call your county and look into "Early Intervention" program. They will do a free evaluation (probably even at your house!) If your child qualifies, a speech therapist will come to your house and work with your son in your presence. It will help him to move along and will give you great tips on how to help him. I'm speaking from experience. My son has just "graduated" from such program. He still needs speech therapy but he would never be this far along if he did not have help. Good luck.

Mary - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hi There,



I am a speech pathologist, and I agree that you should call your county and have a speech therapist just take a look. Its free, and they may help ease your mind, or give you suggestions to help increase vocabulary. The average child has about 20-50 words by age 2, and there is a big range of "normal', and those who are late talkers, but red flags for me when I see children (I work with birth-5) are their frustration level increasing. You don't want that to get worse for your child. Peers also help--mommy groups, music classes, etc... Any questions, please feel free to pick my brain. Good luck!

Maureen - posted on 02/08/2009

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My daughter didn' want to talk until she could speak perfectly. It took her a little while but by age 2.5 she was saying small phrases. I know my brother didn't start talking until four. When he is ready, he will. Maybe having him around other kids will help him realize that everyone talks their own way. That is what did for my daughter.

Amy - posted on 02/08/2009

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I really wouldn't worry about it.. my daughter speaks about the same words as your son and she's going to be 3 in June.. She's in speech therapy right now and it's not helping that much at all.. Her dr. says she will talk when she's good and ready.. just remember, all kids are different!

Megan - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son is almost 2.5 years old and he has a limited vocabulary.  Just after he turned two his doctor suggested speech therapy.   He has improved since he started therapy but it's slow going.  Everyone kept telling me that once he started it would be a flood of words but it hasn't been.  It is very frustrating, like you said, for both of us.  He is trying to tell us something and we have no idea what he's saying. 



 



I say if you're concerned then either get another doctor's opinion or call a children's speech therapist and ask them their opinion. 

Megan - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son is almost 2.5 years old and he has a limited vocabulary.  Just after he turned two his doctor suggested speech therapy.   He has improved since he started therapy but it's slow going.  Everyone kept telling me that once he started it would be a flood of words but it hasn't been.  It is very frustrating, like you said, for both of us.  He is trying to tell us something and we have no idea what he's saying. 



 



I say if you're concerned then either get another doctor's opinion or call a children's speech therapist and ask them their opinion. 

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i wouldn't worry too much...my son who is 2 1/2 is talking up a storm, but his friend who was born 2 weeks before my son isn't talking very much...and then all of a sudden he woke up one day is now talking up a storm...so before u know it he will be talking up a storm...every kid is different...if he is still talking like this when he is 3 - 3 1/2 then I would talk to the doctor...otherwise i wouldn't worry



 

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my son never spoke very well till he was about 3yrs old very basic like your son and when he did talk he couldnt say his b words he used a f or a g instead lol

blanket was a ganket and biscuit was a fiscuit

i wouldnt worry to much see how he go and hope he picks up soon

my son also never had a dummy he did when little but he preferd his bottle and cup xx

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2009

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No, my son never used a dummy. He only used it as a newborn, but after 4 months, he was never interested in sucking on it. He does not suck on his thumb or anything else either.

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2009

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Does he still have his dummy during the day? A friend of mine was in the same boat as you. When she took the dummy off him during the day he started to talk more.

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