Why wont my son talk

Tasha - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 month old son who only says a few things like: mama, dada, upa, baba, and dondon (supposed to be SeanSean his cousin). I try to get him to talk by asking him questions and pointing at things. But he still wont talk. My nephew was talking more at this age, and he even had a stroke 12 days after his 1st birthday. Is there something wrong with my son? Is this normal for his age? How do I get him to talk to me and express what he wants?

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Samantha - posted on 08/11/2009

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This is normal, my son is 2 and hardly talks he mumbles alot but i struggle to understand most the time..typical male to lazy.

Ellie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son wasn't even saying Mama or Dada at 15 months. He's now 20 months and is saying more and more words every day! Give it time! My doctor said if he's not putting two word sentences together [please Mama- Buh-bye Kitty- etc.] by his two year appointment we can do a speech evaluation for him... It's free, the state provides for it... and the doctors help you set it up. :] Hang in there, it'll happen!

Karen - posted on 08/11/2009

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my son is almost 3 and he just started talking a few months ago!!! now i cant get a word in edgewise!!! i did have him tested for autism and hearing loss... both were negative. try the sing-song approach... not "baby-talk"... i walked out to go to work the one day with my son saying mom-mom... came in the door with him saying "mommy home!!!" now if he would just say "i love you" instaed of "i like you"!!! lol... each child is different...

Kathryn - posted on 08/11/2009

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This is normal, I work in an early years setting and we have children at the age of 3 that hardly speak or not at all. If there were a medical problem you'd see other signs like persistant dribbling or a nasal type sound but if in doubt ask your health visitor. I don't think this is necessary though, just keep doing what you're doing, constantly talk about what your doing, counting down the stairs, shall we do this? what is that? it doesn't matter if you get an answer, it will come eventually. When your son wants something, say what is it and give 2 options so that he has to try and say the word, for example do you want the car or the brick? keep trying it and eventually he will answer you to shut you up I promise lol. I hope this helps

Debbie - posted on 08/05/2009

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My daughter was only saying about 10 words at 15 months as well. Now at 25 months she is a little chatter box. It sounds like you are doing a great job by asking his questions and pointing at things.
One thing I use to do was if my daughter wanted something to ask her to say the word eg if she wanted a biscuit, I would say can you say biscuit? If she attempted to say it then I would give it to her, otherwise I would say if you try to say biscuit you can have it, biscuit (say it really slowly). If she still couldn't then I would give it to her. I didn't really start this till about 19 - 20 months tho.
I think you will find that he is actually quite normal.
I talked to someone about it, as I was concerned as well, and they said usually the brain will concentrate mostly on one set of skills at a time, so if your boy is learning motor skills like building, climbing etc then that is most likely why he is not trying to talk.

Keep up the good work.

Monica - posted on 08/05/2009

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Your local public elementary school has a speech and language program that is paid for by the state/government to be there for children like your son. They first meet with him to do little tests to see if there might be a small problem, then go about solutions for you and him. This should not cost you a dime. (and no, your son is not too young to go) Call the school, tell them your situation, then ask for the information that you are looking for. Good Luck.

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