Two year old not talking properly.

Gemma - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is 2years and nearly 3 months old and still isn't talking properly. He has fantastic comprehension skills and is quite advanced in other areas. He can mimic animal noises (limited) and sometimes gets 'yes' out, but the rest of the time it is just babble. Can anyone offer any suggestions on how we can improve his speech? We have already booked him in for an audiology test and to see a paediatrician. Any advice would be greatfully received. Thanks, Gemma.


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Terri - posted on 02/20/2009




I put my son in an Early Intervention program through our local county department of mental retardation and developmental delays (MRDD). You should have one in your area. The program was through Help Me Grow in Ohio. They only work with them until age 3 so you may want to make a referral as soon as possible to have him tested. I know they have a website so you can google that and see what is in your area. My son got free speech and OT services. He was in a classroom once a week, which he loved. He turned three today and will be starting preschool on an IEP on Monday for his speech delay. He has made great improvements. He didn't say mama until he was 26 months old so I know what you are going through. Hope that helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2009




Hey girl,  I had the same concern, but I started worrying a lot earlier -- too early.  My son wasn't making the range of sounds that was appropriate for his age, so I put him in a speech therapy program. 

I live in Washington State and they have amazing resources that are federally funded, helping early education candidates, like the 1-3 year old range. 

The speech therapist came to our house for one hour a week and played with him in his room and used his toys (she brought some new and different ones with her as well) but his progress has been phenomenal.  After only 6 months of therapy, he is talking better than most 3-4 year olds. 

He, too, has amazing comprehension and was way ahead in all things physical, but since he could communicate what he needed without using words, he saw no value in learning to talk. 

Now, I can't get him to stop...and I love it.  He just jabbers my ear off about things outside and the garbage truck, and so on and so forth.  I could brag on him for hours--you know how it goes.

But anyway, check into what is available to you locally.  Even though I was readily prepared to pay for therapy, it was totally free and very convenient.  I hope this helps you! 

And remember, only you know what is best for your little man.  If you are uncomfortable with the progress he is making in his speech, get him some help, if not, then just let him catch up when he is ready.


Sarah - posted on 02/19/2009




I have found that it takes the boys longer than the girls to become articulate with their speech skills.  One of the best things that you can do is talk to them regularly while doing everyday tasks (like when getting dressed, now put on your T-shirt, etc).  Another one that really helped William at that age was a range of books that had pictures in them of different items (i.e. one was the alphabet and it had a picture of an apple etc).  We used to read the books everynight and point at the pictures and ask him "what is this?" and if he wasn't sure we would say what it was and he would repeat it (also repetition with this is really good - do it until they get close to or it right).  There was a bout 6 or so books in the series that we bought and they were all hard board books - I think I only paid a couple of dollars each for them at a bookstore.  Don't worry too much as Will is 2y 8mths at the moment and he still mumbles some things and I have trouble understanding him.  It all comes with time.

Donielle - posted on 02/19/2009




Does your son use a pacifier? Many children start talking at different ages. I would wait to see what the doctors say. u use sign language with him? Try asking him to repeat words with u throughout the day. Say things like "Juice" and ask him to repeat it back to u. Hope I helped and good luck!

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