Not talking yet!?

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is 2 1/2 and not talking yet .... Is there something wrong?

He says gibberish 'spongebob'..... And I understand what he says when he's trying to say 'car, truck, cocoa' and things like that ... But he usually just points to what he wants and if I say that I don't understand, I tell him to use his words he cries and just give in .... Maybe I'm just not being tough enough in getting him to use his words?


Neva - posted on 12/04/2011




It sounds as if he has language, he just doesn't have to use it because he is getting his needs met. Children learn language by being talked to. I would really limit TV, movie, video time. Read to your son, talk to him, when he points to what he wants, say "is this what you want? Do you want milk? etc. Allow him to do more free play which actually helps the brain make the connections needed for language and learning. TV hinders this process. Talk to him about everything, point to picures, to things outside, etc. If he still doesn't pick up language, then he should be evaluated by his pediatrician.


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Mel - posted on 12/06/2011




every baby is different they do it at their own pase my first walked whrn he was 12 mth started talking propery whrn he was 3 our second (9 months) at 1 hour old tryd o kift head was smileing he carnt crawl yet or sit up propperly but he can say baba bad yeah mamma. you carn rush them when they ready they will do it in their own time try flash cards with pictures (ie) cat dog mum dad ect hope this helps

Alisa - posted on 12/03/2011




My son @ 19mos would grunt & make all kinds of noise,seriously animal boy(I can joke now) the funny thing was my 21/2 daughteer understood him perfectly- go figure. Well at his routine ck up or it is a routine testing my pediatrician tests their knowledge of words, direction, ect...
Long story short he tested as a 27 month old and he simply was being stubborn mule. After that day, no more of that nonsense. With him it was a constant power struggle; but I am pleased to say that the boy is alive and well(boy, that child taught me patience) he is going to be 14, he's bright, funny & still likes to push my buttons. But these guys will push you & test you. Hang in there, be firm & consistent- like with yes or no questions, when he points, say the word and ask him to repeat it. It can get nerve racking but soon enough he'll be talking up a storm.
Hope that helped.

Ez - posted on 12/03/2011




Don't be 'tough' on him. Most kids will talk if they can. If he is not saying any clear word at this age I would get him assessed.

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