November 04, 2008,
M. asks from Irving, TX on November 04, 2008
2 Almost 3 Year Old Started Speaking Gibberish
Hello Moms out there
Just a couple of days ago my son who is 2 will be 3 in January started to use gibberish. I am not sure if this is normal or if this is something that I should worry about. When he does use it I let him know that he needs to use his words and pretend I don't hear him until he does use his words. He has been doing fine with speaking there have been no issues before. Am i being a worrier over nothing. Please help this is my first and only child so I don't know if this is something that I should take him to the doctor for.
Thanks for your help moms.
S.W. answers from Austin on November 04, 2008
Sounds normal to me. And you're handling it well by not acknowledging his requests unless he's speaking in a way that you understand. I liked to talk gibberish as a child, especially if I heard someone speak a foreign language, because I was imitating the sounds and tones I heard. He may just be tuning his ear to other sounds and this could be very beneficial for him as he gets older. I later went on to learn 3 different languages easier than many people and I think part of that was the gibberish I spoke as a child that had me tuned-in to other sounds the mouth and throat can make.
B.D. answers from Dallas on November 04, 2008
My son, Cohen (4/09/05), also does this and in all other instances is well beyond his developmental age standard. We often go to a local restaurant that is in a temple where he hears chanting, and singing in a different language. He started to immitate these at times and sings in this gibberish. He also makes up names for roller coasters, and cars, nonsense words that usually rhyme, but are otherwise meaningless to all but him. Your child might be making words to describe very real emotions and things for him. Rather than brushing it asside, you might help him "find" his real words inorder for him to better communicate. I would never pretend not to hear my child for fear that he will do the same when I speak. Being ignored could only cause more frustration and/or retaliation. Good luck to you. I hope this helps.
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M.G. answers from Dallas on November 04, 2008
I am so glad to see this because we're doing the same thing!!! My son will be 3 in a month and has started using made up words. Cha-chi is a word he uses a lot and words that sound similar with "ch" I don't know where he got it from, and it's frustrating the mess out of me. One thing about him that everyone notices quickly is that he has an extensive vocabulary for his age. He just all of a sudden started doing this a few weeks back. Does that sound similar to what you're seeing? I have many nieces and nephews and have never seen this. We thought it had something to do with the fact that we're newly pregnant (almost 12 weeks), and we talk to him about his future sibling often. He has started wanting to be a baby, although he only says that or says "hold me like a baby." He doesn't do anything else. We just assumed it was related.
C.W. answers from Dallas on November 04, 2008
My Son is doing that right now, a lot of baby talk that I can't understand.
We just got him evaluated by a Speech Therapist. He is developmentally delayed, so we wanted to make sure he is on target by getting him tested. He didn't need the speech therapy, however his receptive listening skills are behind and she said to keep an eye on it.
I would keep an eye on it, I wouldn't take your child into the Dr. for this now. He may just be playing around with you also. If it increases or gets worse and uses less and less normal words and continues when he is 3 or 4, then I would seek help.