how do I get my 20 month old son to talk

Ashley - posted on 01/12/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 20 months old and only says 1 word mama, and he doesn't say it all the time. He loves books and showing me things, he just won't talk. I'm afraid of autism spectrum disorder. He does this shaking thing and open and closing fists when excited. I'm not sure what to do.

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Anna - posted on 01/12/2015

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Have his pediatrician make a referral to see a speech language pathologist and a hearing screening. Sometimes young children specially boys have a harder time talking. This does not mean they are autistic, it might just be a developmental delay. The sooner he starts getting help the better the outcome will be.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2015

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Just because he does not talk does not mean he is autistic. Actually I would first look at his hearing. The shaking and opening and closing of his fits would also suggest a hearing issue. Have his hearing and speech evaluated....AEA through you local school can do this for free. My guess is that there is a hearing issue and once that is fixed his speech will follow.

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