October 05, 2006,
E.B. asks from Omaha, NE on September 25, 2006
My 15-Month Old Isn't Talking Much
Hi. Our 15-month old doesn't seem to be talking much and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on things I can do with him to encourage talking. He does a lot of babbling and does make animal sounds. He also says "bye-bye," "night-night," "boo," and "no no" but he has yet to really say "mama" or "dada" and doesn't use words for objects like ball, cat, dog, etc. Our 3-year-old was quick to talk and had close to 40 words already at this age. I know all kids progress at their own pace, I just want some activities to do to encourage him to talk. Any ideas?
I should have also mentioned that we have done some signing with both our kids and our 15-month-old does sign "more" as he says it.
J.T. answers from Portland on October 04, 2006
Hi there! My son is almost 15 months, and isn't saying one word!!! Not even animal noises! A friend told me that that means he is content. I like to believe that. :o)
I am due in March......if you need a pal to gripe at everyday about swollen feet and being tired, feel free to chat with me privately. I'd love it.
V.R. answers from Omaha on September 26, 2006
J. answers from Portland on September 26, 2006
Hi, I am the mom of eight and foster mom to over thirty-five children. Yes all kids learn at their own speed and your son does not sound as though he is behind. To answer your question of what can help. The best encourager for language developement I have found is using sign language along with the spoken word. I have had foster children who were three and four years old who were almost non-verbal and not expected to talk by the medical community, but with signing and speaking to them at the same time, it seems to trigger something in them and language came. Not only is it great for helping develope language skills it is also wonderful for here and now communication. Simple signs as water, milk, no, eat, happy, etc can end many frustrating guessing games between mom and child. Look at your library for books and videos. One I recommend is called Signing Time, developed by a mother of a deaf child. Don't be intimidated by the idea of learning sign. Remember you will be learning toddler words right along with your son. I have said enough, except congratulations on your upcoming new son. We had four boys under three years old and it was fun. Don't let any comments about being crazy or asking how you do it scare you. Each little one is a blessing, keep counting. J.
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J.S. answers from Salt Lake City on September 26, 2006
While other kids my sons age (18 mo at the time) were speaking clearly, my son hardly ever spoke and when he did, he babbled, He was a quiet baby, however, when he turned 2 (and maybe a couple months), it was like someone turned on a clear-talking switch, he spoke full sentences, like a little adult and never baby-talk, I read somewhere that some kids just observe words and sentences, practice them in their head, then, when there comfortable, start talking. I did, however, worry and follow the instructions of talking about everything I was doing, at grocery stores I'd talk to him like I was shopping for a blind person, "Do we need Catsup? Lets see what kinds there are, Hinds, Hunts, etc" I did that with everything all day, I guess it worked, he's 11 yrs old and still won't stop talking (lol). Good luck
S.G. answers from Portland on September 26, 2006
My Son is 27 months now and is just now starting to speak more clearly and repeat everything we say. I worried for months and months if there was something wrong with my son cause I was comparing him to others his age.
I'm telling you right now that I would not worry at all if he is already saying a few words... it took my boy almost 2 yrs to say moma... now I can't get him to be quiet.... and it's only been a few months. Boys are almost always behind when it comes to speaking... you're oldest was most likely more outspoken because of the personality that comes with being a first born... your 15 month old may not feel like he "needs" to speak if his brother is doing all the work for him... or if he's accomplishing tasks or getting what he wants without needing to speak. Challenge him to ask for things... sign language for simple words (more, thank you, please, ect.) works well - but make sure he trys to say the word with the sign.
The best thing I found was to purchase multiple picture books for "First Words" & "Colors" and ask him "What's that?". Give tons of praise when he does use words... trust me you have nothing to worry about at this point... I bet he's a active little guy... most boys that are really active are a little slower on the vocal side.
Both of your boys will be completly different... no two children are the same... and especially no THREE children are the same... I suggest you read a really cool book that I recently found by Dr. Leman called THE BIRTH ORDER BOOK.
If you are really concerned by 2 yrs of age then consult your Doc.... my guess is that he's just fine.
Good luck with your boys x3!
J.G. answers from Provo on September 26, 2006
My daughter is also 15 months and not talking much either. She only says, 'mama' 'dada' and 'uh-oh'. She is starting on other sounds now too. I just sing to her, read books to her, and talk to her when she talks. It seems to work because of the other sounds she is starting to make now. I hope everything works out for you.
K.D. answers from Salt Lake City on September 25, 2006
Sounds like he's right on track to me. Neither of my kids started talking much until they were at least 18-months. Then they just took off learning words right and left! My advice is to talk to him as much as you can and to always label things. When you talk about a cat, point to it (or a picture) and say things like, "That's a cat. The cat has soft fur. Can you say 'cat'?" Just repeating the word will teach him the word, even if he doesn't say it...yet! And I've heard a lot of kids who aren't the "first" speak later because the older sibling tends to "talk" for them.
I don't think you need to worry at all.
T.B. answers from Omaha on September 26, 2006
Hello I have two girls one is almost 2 yrs old and my lil one is almost 2 months old
best thing I can tell you is be patient with your child and Spend time with him and Give him books to look at and teach him some works and Just keep teaching him to say Mommy and daddy . just gotta give it time sometime some babys can be slow at mind. My oldest daughter she only says Mommy and few other words its cute though. shes doing pretty good its taking her time to learn words. It take time .........
im pretty sure we all wish they know everything as word wise.
but it dont happen that quick but when ur kid start school thats when it get alot better cause they will get more Exp in school to know words and every other subjects.
ok well good luck and be patient with him alright
M.L. answers from Portland on September 26, 2006
No worries, it is very common for the second child, especially when close in age, to talk later. The younger sibling doesn't have to try as hard to communicate because the older sibling somehow always knows what it is the younger wants or is trying to say, so the older does most of the talking. I have a few close friends who are going through the same thing right now. One of the children was 5 before he really started talking "good" it took going to school and having to communicate with other kids and not having big brother around to help all the time. This is perfectly normal and I wouldn't worry about it unless the child goes to school or daycare and doesn't improve.
H.M. answers from Omaha on September 27, 2006
Well my son had the same problem. We discovered he has a form of autism. Not saying your son does but I would suggest seeing a pediatrician who has some knowledge on the topic. It is very common anymore. Sadly. Here in omaha there is an autism association that could help you. My son got looked at by the school system actually. We live in the la vista/papillion area.