my 2year old don't talk yet she's a pointer what can i do?

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i have a 2yr old if he want any thing we make him say the word then we get it 4 him a little tough love gos a long way also we do hand signs which helps a lot hope this helps u good luck

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Yes - if you teach the word with the sign then you are correct. But not all parents do that. If you just teach signs with no words, then you tend to get late speakers.



 



Good for you for getting your daughter into the system early :). Our daughter is a precocious speaker too, which is so much fun. I love having conversations with her.

Jen - posted on 03/03/2009

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Quoting Erica:



If your child responds to what you say appropriately that's a good sign - that means she understands language. She may not be speaking yet because she doesn't have too; that is, if you are doing the work for her by figuring out what she is pointing at. Forcing the issue by not giving in until she vocalizes should help. Did you do baby-sign language with her? Babies who sign also tend to speak later than average, because again, they don't need too.





Actually baby signs makes them learn lauguage faster b/c the idea is that you allow them to attempt saying the word and signing it. We taught my daughter some signs and she says 30 words at 15 months of age. When she signs more she also says "mo." That  is then followed by "pease."

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If your child responds to what you say appropriately that's a good sign - that means she understands language. She may not be speaking yet because she doesn't have too; that is, if you are doing the work for her by figuring out what she is pointing at. Forcing the issue by not giving in until she vocalizes should help. Did you do baby-sign language with her? Babies who sign also tend to speak later than average, because again, they don't need too.

Elaine - posted on 03/02/2009

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Have you considered early invention program by the state?  Most of the test services are free up until your child turns 3.  It is something to consider. 



I would also have pictures of a few items that you can want her to say. Digital pics of Milk, snack, & water.  I would go over the pictures with her and she if she begins to mimic.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2009

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Just curious, does she have a pacifyer? I've noticed that a pacifyer during the day, walking around inhibits speech. They don't speak because they have something in their mouth!!  Other than that, my son had only 25 words at 2 years (yes we were counting because we were concerned) and that was within the normal range.  It did seem that all of a sudden the doors flew open and speech came!! Now he's 6 I sometimes pray for him to just be quiet!!! Good luck!!

Jen - posted on 03/02/2009

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She obviously knows what she wants. I hate to say it but you should probably try a little tough love. If she wants something tell her the word and make her attempt to say it before giving it to her. She'll catch on.This is what we did with our 15 month old when she wanted up. We didn't except "uh" and taught her to say up. Now she learned please so when she wants up she says "up" followed by "ease" (which is please). At 15 months my daughter says close to 30 words.



It is a concern if 2 year olds aren't saying anything or if they're still babbleing like an infant. Just work with her. If you don't see an improvement by 2.5 I'd go to the doctor to get a referral to a speech therapist. I know it sounds weird to take toddlers to speech therapy, but it works. I've witnessed it first hand with my friend's 32 month old. He's been in speech therapy for about 6 months now and he went from speacking jibberish to saying 2-word sentences. He's still not quite up to where he should be, but he's very close. Good luck.

Sonja - posted on 03/02/2009

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Actually, not talking at 2yo is possibly a sign for concern. By 2, children should be speaking 2 words together and have many words. She should be seen by her pediatrican or family doctor. Hearing testing is usually done first to make sure subtle hearing problems are not causing this. If that is normal, then you should see a pediatric speech therapist to begin work. Many late talkers have normal skills by kindergarten with early intervention. If you are concerned about cost, pediatric speech therapy is provided by the school district at no cost (federal mandate), you can contact them for screening information. It is good you are concerned.

Gina - posted on 03/02/2009

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She's so little. I think it's too early to worry. If she's making vocal sounds and trying to talk you should be fine. Mine started late so when I asked questions they were never yes or no, I would say do you want to keep doing this, or do you want to go and do that and she'd have to pick a few words from the one she wanted and eventually she just repeated the whole sentence.. now she won't stop talking!

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I have an 18 month old and he hasn't spoken yet either, aside from getting their hearing checked, everyone has told us we just need to wait for him to talk when he's ready. Just be patient! Good Luck

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