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Angela - posted on 01/30/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have 23 month old girl and I am worried about her speech. She only says 11 words nothing else. Do I have to worry? Is there anyone here who has or had the same problem?

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Every child develops at their own rate. There are several things you can do though:
1. READ TO YOUR CHILD! A LOT!!!! this is one of the best things you can do to develop your child's vocabulary! And don't be afraid to go "off story" and talk about the items in the pictures, how the child might be feeling etc. Also while you are reading you can ask your child to point out things, "can you find the ball?" so you can see if they are understanding and comprehending what you are saying. This also helps build their vocabularly by identifying the items.
2. you can also get a second opinion - if that would make you feel more comfortable. You can then make the decision if you want to pursue speech therapy or not based on another opinion!

Another thing is to think about the words your child is saying. My son was 18 months old and only said three words. "Hi" "Mom" "bellybutton" - we didn't worry when three months later he had only added one more word to his vocabulary "popcorn". the fact he could say such complicated words proved that there was no speech impairment other than his own desire to talk. My son also knew quite a few "baby signs" which really enabled us to communicate with him.

Tricia - posted on 02/03/2011

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i have a cousin whos daughter who didn't speak until she was almost 3 b/c she was nearly blind and needed glasses so she couldn't see anything to tell what she would be looking at or talking about!....just an idea

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2011

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My son began saying words soon after his 1st birthday (he will be 2 next month)...around 18 months he had said upward to 15 words but would only use one at a time...then he stopped using most any words except "Mumma" and "Dadda"....he was still "communicating" with his own language, but soon the tantrums started increasing because of our inability to always judge what he was saying. I passed it off for a while but by November I was worried something was wrong so we went to our peditrician and recieved a referral for a pediatric hearing test with a ENT and also a speech therapy assessment. He qualified for speech therapy because of his lack of speech so we go 2x per week. His hearing tests and ear exam came back perfectly normal (he has beautiful eardrums!!!). IN speech therapy we work on repetition of words and taking turns to encourage speech patterns....he has no spectrums of autism, and scored well with comprehension and socializing. The main thing I am getting from therapy is that 1) the main issue is he is a stubborn only child who knows how to pull Mommy's strings!! and 2) games and activities that I can do at home alone or with others to encourage him to speak. I thought I was being overly worried but also knew I needed to get a professional opinion because if anything was wrong and I put it off I would regret my delay. This has been a great experience for me and I am very happy with my choice to do the therapy. Good luck and let me know if you would like more information from me. :)

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Sarah - posted on 02/18/2011

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my 4 yr old had a speech delay, he would usually point to what he wanted instead of using his words alot of times, and when he was saying something it mostly sounded like jibberish. Alot of people would have a hard time communicating with my son because it was alot of times difficult figuring out what he was saying, though he did say a few things we did understand, so when he was about 3 we started getting concerned with his speech and is now in speech therapy, he has been talking so much better now.

Connie - posted on 02/10/2011

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If you are concerned, try and teach her new words every chance you get. Ask her to say words. I wouldn't worry just yet, if in a years time she still has limited words or other speech issues, then i would ask the pediatrician to refer you to a speech pathologist and get an opinion from them.

Krissy - posted on 02/09/2011

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no worries... My third child spoke less than my other two, and she's doing just fine now at almost three.

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2011

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How did she do on her other milestones? My little boy is 4 now and people comment on how "grown up" he sounds but when he was 2 he only would say a handful of words and only ocassionally say those we thought maybe there was a problem eval said 2 give it six mnts cuz he waited until he was ready 2 master things 2 do them like he didn't crawl until 7 mnts even though I think he could b4 then and pulled up the same day so by 2 and a half his vocab was great. He never really said many 1 or 2 word prases first time he said cup he said, "Momma want juice in my cup, please!" Man, did I run to fridge 2 get the boy his juice. My point is she may just be waiting until she has more to say. Our 2 and half year check his vocab was @ 3-4 year old level but @ 2 it was @ 1 year level so maybe give her a couple mnts but it was recommended 2 us that if he was still behind @ 2.5 to get him some help to identify and treat the problem but he was doing well by then and I hope your little girl is too!

Lol - posted on 02/09/2011

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As others have said, they do all develop at different rates.
If you do have real concerns, be persistant and keep pushing it, speak to your health visitor, doctor, etc. Some children don’t speak until they are 4! Speech Therapy may help to encourage. ‘He/She shouts loudest…!!’

Angela - posted on 02/08/2011

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Thanks Megan. You meant 2 and 3 years not months? right? I am not worried just concerned.

Megan - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi Angela
My little boy only said about 5 words up to the age of 2 and 3 months. I had to get hie hearing checked twice because the health centre was worried. I could always tell he was a good listener and would just take everything in. Then it was almost over night that he just started saying everything. He is nearly 3 now and you would never now that he was a late talker. Try not to worry she will talk when she is ready

Angela - posted on 02/01/2011

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Thank you all for your helpful advices. I have an appointment with the speech therapist. Will see then!

Jen - posted on 01/31/2011

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my son just had his 26 month check up n i was really worried the health visor would say something about his speech as he says this like meeze for please no yes at for cat, dog cream for ice cream rips for crips dont like more cars if theres more than 1, door stick stick if his hands am stickie n they said he was doing fab so if your daughter can say stuff like tht i wouldnt worry

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my SD probably said less words then that at that age. She had a really hard time. A little after she turned 2 her speech took off. This is a hard one, you may want to talk to someone and see what they say, doing this will stop the worrying and wondering... if you dont want to yet, just work with her more! Do not worry!

Angela - posted on 01/30/2011

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well the pediatrian told me that as long as she says from 8 to 10 words thats fine. but am still worried

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2011

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is her doctor concerned at all? every child grows and develops at a different rate, but if her pediatrician is concerned then maybe they can suggest a speech therapy group? we bought that program "your baby can read" for our son when he was about 3 months old and it's GREAT! maybe try something like that just for something to work on at home? it's a bit pricey, but it'll last her years!

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