2Yr Old Not Talking Yet

Updated on January 13, 2010
G.S. asks from Henderson, CO
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My son turned two in September. He's not talking very much yet. He understands everything we say but he does not respond with words. He knows a few words here and there like "mom" "papa" "dog" but he pronounciation is not very clear and he does not speak in sentences or put two words together yet. During his 2 year physical his pediatrician asked if he knew 200 words and I said no. She asked if he knew 50 words. I told her i wasn't sure but i didn't think so. She then wanted to make sure that in 5 months he was to form 3 word sentences and she also gave me a number for Child Find. Should i be worried that my son is not developing normally with his speech? Has anyone had any experience with Child Find?

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L.R.

answers from Tucson on

My daughter only had 1 or 2 words which she rately said when she went for her 18 month check up. She was fine in every other way. Our doctor wanted to send her for tests to a bunch of doctors, I thought that was a little much as I was not really concerned about her speech. So I compromised and called Arizona Early Intervention ( they provide therapy services for children 0-3).

She was evaluated in several areas to make sure she was developing typically as well as a speech evaluation. She has been receiving speech services for the past year and is doing fantastic......she is talking a lot and has really increased her vocabulary. She also has a developmental specialist that serves as her case manager who also comes to see her.

I would definately recommend you contact them. They will provide all of the services free in your home or at daycare (if your child goes to daycare). They will also help with the transition to preschool if your child still needs services after age 3 (services after age 3 are provided free through your local school district).

The people we have dealt with through AZEIP have been wonderful. You can find more information about AZEIP ( for children 0 -36 months) here http://www.azdes.gov/AzEIP/ You can also find more information about Child Find here http://www.ade.az.gov/ess/ChildFind/CfHome.asp

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J.V.

answers from Reno on

Hi,

I have a very good friend who is a teacher at supulveda elementary in spanish springs, she has talked to the speech therapist there regarding my son.
My just turned 3 and was doing the same thing your son is when he was that age. He can put 3-4 words together, understands everything we say, but he gets confused on how to answer us, fills in between words with jabber ect.
The speech therapist said that she does not think he has a mental or behavioral problem but that his speech is delayed which is common with boys more than girls.
She also recommended child find which is absolutely wonderful, we are taking my son tomorrow, they have a large waiting list but I called 2 weeks ago and they said they would not be able to see him until late jan. i told them to call me with cancellations and turns out there was so we go tomorrow. The way I can put it is, Child find is free, they are professionals that will evaluate your son correctly, even if there is nothing wrong with him but a delay it is always good to know how you can help him, and what exercises to use. Deffinetly call child find,usually you will talk to judy and she is great. Good Luck, he will be fine.
J. V.

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J.V.

answers from Tucson on

Hello GS my name is J. and I have a 6 year old son who is autistic. That was our major warning sign was the speech issue. Anytime a child is not speaking it is an issue. Could merely be that he is delayed but could be something far worse. We started our son in the early intervention program at the advise of our ped. it was the smartest thing we ever did. The key to everything is early intervention so if it is nothing and he is just a little behind great they can get him going but if it is something like autism with my child you can totally help a ton for the future by being ready and getting him this help. I am not trying to scare you because my son only screamed and pointed when he wanted something and you did not mention this but it could be something else. Please email me if you would like to talk more about it or need to know what to expect at the visits I would be happy to share.
J.
Good luck.

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T.

answers from Las Vegas on

You actually need to call Nevada Early Intervention Services. They provide services for kids from birth to age 3. Child Find is part of the Clark County School District and they do services for kids from age 3. My son received services through Nevada Early Intervention from age 2-3 and he's been in the school district program for the past year and a half. The first thing they will do is test his hearing and evaluate your child. If they determine he's delayed they will then provide services. All of their services including the evaluation and hearing test are free. We had to take my son to their office for the evalution and the hearing test but everything else through Early Intervention was done in our home. One thing I'd recommend that you do during the evaluation is ask "Does my son have any issues other than a language delay?" In my experience they don't volunteer information and they don't offer any more than the bare minimum of services they thing they can get away with. We were with them for over a year and I never head the word "autism" until we went through the school district evaluation. I'm still really pissed about that because he should have been getting many more services and different types of services from EI than what they offered. Live and learn. We've had a fantastic experience with the school district program. They've been great.

Anyway, I know this can be a really intimidating process so feel free to email me directly if you want to talk about it. [email protected]____.com

FWIW, we also do private speech therapy services so if you want to know about that, I can tell you how that works too.

T.

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A.H.

answers from Phoenix on

Well when my son turned 2 I was very concerned as well. he said like 20-30 words but not really sentences maybe 2 word sentences here and there. My pediatrician asked if he said 20 words and I was like yeah and she is all well he is fine just give him time.

I was of course still concerned and he is my first (now 4 yr old) well by 2 1/2 he was saying 3-4 word sentences and by 3 had an advanced vocabulary. Its was amazing everyday his vocabulary increased and I was so surprised at the progress.

I never knew a 2 yr old was expected to say 200 words? That is alot and some boys especially are a little slow to talk/ Of course you can have himj tested through the school board to see if they think he is behind and if so they have excellant speech programs available to help.

Good Luck
A.

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B.C.

answers from Phoenix on

Yes, I have experience. My son was in the boat boat at that age. He just turned three last week and now says one to two word sentences, but a lot of his speech is still very unclear. I don't have the #, but if you do some research on-line you can find state assistance to get him screened and tested. I would do a search on Early Intervention, or Child Development. They will find out what is going on. I would get his ears checked 1st to rule that out as the cause. My son started speech therapy at two and is now in the Amanceer Preschool program for kids with special needs. It is a free preschool through the Gilbert school district. He goes 5 days/wk. for 2 1/2 hrs./day. They work with the kids on their speech and have a speech therapist come to the classroom. Hope this helps, let me know if you want to talk further. I know how frusturating and hard this can be on you and your son. It does get easier, we're not their yet, but we're on our way!

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J.C.

answers from Phoenix on

From my experience, I would contact Childfind. I had concerns about my son at about the same age. I did not take the recommendation from our pediatrician at that time and took the wait and see approach. When his speech was still not where I thought it should be at three years old, I finally got him tested. He was borderline, but they still accepted him into the Mesa Public Schools special education program. My husband was not especially thrilled with all of this and thought I was overreacting. He was especially not thrilled with the words "special education" being linked to our sons name. However, I continued with the program and our son is doing wonderfully. He is four now and he talks up a storm. We can understand 95% of what he says. He goes to preschool and is really thriving. I regret not testing him sooner and I hope that Childfind ends up working out for you. It also took us about six months to start any program, so if you at least start now, if things improve within the next six months, you could opt out of any program they have placed him in. It doesn't hurt to find out what is going on. Please do not be too concerned about autism. There are many other factors that go into that diagnosis and just because your son is not where he should be with his speech, does not mean he has autism. Best wishes and let me know if you need anymore information or advice. Keep us posted!

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K.M.

answers from Denver on

GS,
As a fellow Mom, I know that it must be very hard to think of something being wrong with your child. However, as a Day Care teacher for 14 years, I can tell you that some kids are just very introverted. Also, having an older sibling can sometimes make kids delay speech, since they have someone to almost "speak" for them. So, think positively, it may be nothing.
My fellow teachers and I have recommended Child Find to several families for various speech, hearing, or developmental issues. They are wonderful!!! If it turns out to be an issue, they will do whatever they can to help. If it turns out to be nothing, they can give you wonderful resources and strategies to help overcome the delay. It really is a wonderful orginization. Besides, if there is an issue, wouldn't you rather know sooner than later?
Best of luck to you...

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C.P.

answers from Las Vegas on

I worked with Child Find, in Denver, but they were great. As far as I'm aware they come into your home and work with your child, and of course you. Don't be worried, but follow through. Good luck, C.

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T.B.

answers from Fort Collins on

Hi there! My daughter was the same way and I could pretty much count how many words she could say on two hands at her 2 year doctor's appointment. She pretty much grunted and pointed most of the time, although she did babble to herself in her own language. Our doctor said that as long as she could understand simple commands and tried to communicate in other ways (i.e. grunting, babbling, etc...) then not to worry. Some kids are just "late bloomers" and as we all know, kids develop at different rates. She said to give it some time before we went through the whole testing route.

Well within several months she started talking more and more, saying 1 or more new words each day. It then turned into simple 2 word phrases and just took off from there. She is now 33 months old and is saying full sentences and learning more words every day! She is a little jabber jaws. I think it just took her own time and maybe some confidence. A lot of what she says still isn't "clear" or she says things wrong, but we don't correct her (we want to encourage her trying to talk, even if it's wrong). We just repeat what she says in the proper way so she can hear it.

I do know how you feel as we were really worried and were wanting to do the testing thing, but when we relaxed and stopped stressing about how many words we felt she should know, things just started to happen on their own. Of course you must do what you feel is right for you. If your son is responsive to you and is understanding and tryng to communicate at some level, then perhaps he just needs some more time. But again, if you need some piece of mind, then testing certainly couldn't hurt.

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K.P.

answers from Denver on

I have a very similar concern with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. She can talk, and surprises us every now and then by copying her older sister and saying something, we just don't ever force her to. My pediatrician just wanted to make sure she understood us so it didn't appear to be a hearing problem at her 2 year check up in June. Perhaps your pediatrician thinks your child is autistic or something and Child Find could diagnos if so. I did take my 4 1/2 year old to Child Find last year for Sensory Integration testing, and they were really good with the kids and just did a lot of fun game playing testing with her and asked me a lot of questions. I don't think it hurts to take your son for testing to be sure there isn't some issue that is delaying his speech, but if not, I know with my daughter we are just trying to work with her but not pressure her to talk. Remember, they each develop at different rates! Good luck!

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T.P.

answers from Norfolk on

I had the same problem with my third child. I got so concerned over his lack of vocabulary and desire to speak that we decided to have him tested. We waiting to get in to the child developmental center, had his hearing and speech pathology checked out and a week later, he was talking up a storm. LOL. Sometimes it's just an individual thing, I guess. I do recommend having his hearing checked and his speech tested. It could be a matter of social interaction, hearing deficiency, motor skill delay or any number of things. Ask your doctor for a referral and put your mind at ease. Maybe, like my son, it will be just the thing to jumpstart him. :)

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S.H.

answers from Denver on

GS,

I have this same issue with my twin boys that are now 2 1/2. They just do not want to talk. Like you, they understand everything we say to them. I have a 6yr old and 4 1/2yr old boys as well. What I have realized is that the older two do most of the talking and are constantly being asked to be quite, so the twins follow suit. Their big brothers talk quite a bit for them as well so they have just decided they don't want to. The older two spoke alot by the time they were two. I have just opted to give it time and they will do it at there own pace. I ask them to use their words and tell them which words to use. Sometimes I will not give them what they are pointing at until they say it. It is a process, but there is not anything wrong with them. They just Choose not to talk.

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A.M.

answers from Denver on

I have a friend who is going through the same thing. Her 2 year old son also only speaks a few words and is not putting sentences together. They are in the middle stages of testing him for autism. From what her doctor told her they are now finding that the mercury in the immunizations cause autism in boys more than girls. My husband and I just started researching it to decide whether we want continue immunizing our 5 month old boy. I am going to send out a request today to see if anyone else on Mamasource knows anything about this.

Have you had your son's hearing tested? That could also have something to do with it. However, I wouldn't worry much until you go through all of the tests needed to determine why your son is slow in his speech development. I know that is easier said than done. My daughter's doctor just told us that her weight is a concern and that she has a slight heart murmur so we have to take her to a cardiologist. I guess heart problems are associated with weight loss and lack of weight gain. We are trying not to worry but it is so hard. Good luck to you and I hope that you find out soon that it is nothing.

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T.M.

answers from Denver on

I was in the same siutation you are in now. When my son turned 2 I was very concerned about his speech. He didn't talk much. It seemed like he made sounds, but words weren't forming. I took him to his to doctor and they told me not to be concerned, boys develop slower then girls do and that this was very typical for boys. He also advised me to basically force my son to start to talk. If he wanted some juice I shouldn't give him the juice until he said juice. I also talked with my son all the time saying as many words to him and teaching him how to say them. I think your son will be fine. You will be surprised how much will change in just three months.

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T.R.

answers from Phoenix on

My son is 19 months old and has his first in-home evaluation with a speech therapist next week. Our pediatrician was concerned as well at 15 months because he said nothing at that point--not even mom or dad. He did have a heart condition that I believe is causing his delays, and that was corrected in June. He is improving in every way, walking and even saying a few words (bye-bye, no, mine), but I still plan on getting him evaluated--what will it hurt. My husband thinks he doesn't need speech therapy, but what if we don't do it and it gets worse and leads to other developmental delays. When he's 5 and starting kindergarten and has a speech problem and all the kids make fun of him and he comes home crying it will be too late. The longer you wait to correct a problem the more difficult it will be. There is no harm in evaluating him now. Go for it.

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J.W.

answers from Las Vegas on

Due to cronic ear infections as a baby, by child's speech developed late. She started talking late, but believe me- she's caught up. She has some trouble saying some letters and sounds, but it doesn't stop her.

Have your baby's hearing tested...if it's good. Here's an idea I did with my nephew who barely spoke as a toddler.

I gave him walkie talkies for Christmas. At first he'd jst breath on it. But within a few weeks he would be talking up a storm. the wierd part of that all--- was that he'd talk ONLY on the walkie talkie! He'd bring it to you, leave the room and start talking. LMAO!! After a few months of that- we took the batteries and forced him to talk to people.

Ended up he was shy. In fact, he's 15 now and is a VERY shy and timid child. It's funny because in person he's quiet, but will talk on the phone to anyone....especially girls!

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J.L.

answers from Austin on

I wouldn't be worried about it. My son didn't talk until he turned 3. It worked out great because it got him into preschool with speech therapy. His had trouble with articulation but today, he's 10 and you wouldn't even know he was late at talking. So, my advice would be to get any services you can from Child Find or other organizations. I got my son all those services for free, but we were in Georgia at the time.

Good luck and don't sweat it too much.

J.
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K.C.

answers from Denver on

I'd love to tell you don't worry, it'll be fine, but the truth is if there is a problem, you need to find out ASAP so you can start Speech Therapy or whatever your son needs. My son (now 10) has autism. We had Child Find evaluate him when he was 5 (before he was actually diagnosed with autism). They gave him an IEP which, with some changes to update his goals, is still being used by his school to help him with his academic needs. He is high-functioning and is working pretty much at grade level for his age, but I shudder to think if I never had him evaluated, how much time we would have lost. He is in Speech Therapy and has had Occupational Therapy in the past. Your son is only two. If he has a problem, you've caught it at an early age and there's sooo much you can do to help him. If there isn't a problem, that's great! But don't think everything will be okay without doing some testing. You don't want him to be a struggling 5 year old because you were told "don't worry" and you ignored the signs. Call Child Find today. Have him evaluated. Hopefully they'll say nothing's wrong, but if there is, you've taken the very important first step to help him. Good Luck!!

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K.B.

answers from Tucson on

I would agree with Melissa B. My son didn't speak very much and what did come out wasn't understood by anyone, sometimes even me. My family would look to be for the translation of what he was saying.
We took him for a speech and hearing eval, and they told us his ears were full of fluid. He had ear infections over and over, but his doctor never suggested tubes. Once his doctor saw the fluid levels, he immediately put the tubes in. Within a day or two he was a different child. It was as if he could finally hear us!! He started talking/putting words together immediately. He is 5 now, and doing great. His only speech issue now, is that he doesn't have front teeth. He has no where to put his tongue so he slurs!!
Check into the evaluation, it can't hurt. The only solution for fluid in the ears is tubes, but an easy option that is pain-free for the child.

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V.H.

answers from Albuquerque on

I just wanted to say that because of Child Find my son was tested and got into the Shining Stars Preschool because he could not talk but a few words. This is his second year at the school and he talks so much... It is the best thing a Mother could do for their child if they need it. Please call them if you think your son needs help.

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C.W.

answers from Tucson on

Hi, my name is C.. I have three kids each 2 year 4 mo. appart. If I was you I would not assume this problem is a younger child thing. My third child had no problems, just my second. When my second son (aka middle child) was 2 he had a VERY limited vocabulary. We knew he was smart and could understand everything we were saying though. We had experience him starting to hit his brother though when he couldn't understand him. The doctor asked the same questions of me and we determined that he only had about 13 sounds that he made that resembled words. When we would ask him if he wanted something it was always "dat" (aka that). He also had a problem with different food tectures like mashed potatoes and bannanas. (He wouldn't even eat pudding)It was very concerning as my oldest child was very clear in his speach early on. The doctor suggested that we see a speech therapist to have him evaluated. You know what they say better to do things earlier than later. We were in California at the time so I can't really comment on Child Find, but we had a similiar program in Cali. We visited the speech therpist and she agreed that he was extremely delayed in his speech. He was on the other hand advanced in his motor skills. She had his hearing tested just to be sure that there were not problems there and of course it was fine. She diagnosed him with Speech Apraxia. Basically that is where there is a communication break down between the brain and your mouth and how to control your tongue to make sounds. (obviously not a clinical definition, but a simple one!) She said that it was good that we had him helped early as even though he may grow out of it it time, she had seen alot of kids get really aggresive because they couldn't get their point accross or get out the words they wanted. It is very frustrating for kids. She said that the eating dislikes stemmed from the fact that he could not squish those types of foods with his tongue because it didn't move how he wanted it to. It was so interesting going and watching her with my son. She would do different activities with him to teach his tounge how to move. Very simple stuff, some of which we had done ourselves, but of course he learned it from her. One thing she pointed out was that he could not touch his tongue to his top lip. When asked his tongue would always go down. She taught him how to do it though. In ONLY 6 months it was like night and day. He was talking saying at least 200 words and his attitude had changed. By 3 yrs old when his therapy ended you could NEVER tell that he had an issue. He is now 6 years old and perfectly fine. His pronunciation (sp) is perfect. I hope that this assures you that everything will be fine in the end. Just do what your gut tells you. If it is FREE what do you have to loose. Your son will thank you.

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C.S.

answers from Grand Junction on

i don't think that you should worry too much. My 2 year old son was the same, he didn't say much until a few months after he turned 2. Despite the fact that he spent his entire day with other talking 2 years olds at school. The day care teacher noticed he didn't say much either, but he did follow directions and responded to people. well one day he just started talking. he's 3 now and he is able to make sentences and whatnot. i too pondered the fact that he may have had an ear infection that had something to do with it. He did nurse until he was 27 months. and i'm thinkin that his tongue wasn't articulating words because of his sucking motions...whatever was wrong then you'd never know now. he tattletales, creates his own talltales, and teases all by his little self. You shouldn't worry.

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K.K.

answers from Albuquerque on

My son just turned 2 in september and he is not talking as much as i would like him too. He puts some words together like "no dad" "see this" I started going through the abc's with him about 2 times a day or more and he seems to say a new word everyday. of course they are not very clear but he's trying. im not too worried about it yet i know there are 2 yr old who speak good but all children are different.

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K.V.

answers from Denver on

I am glad your doctor gave you the number for child find! They are a great resourse! My daughter went through the same situation and has been recieving help all the way to elementary school. Don't worry, just do the best you can to help your child with the resourses given to you.Child find was a BIG help for us.

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C.S.

answers from Reno on

One of my Twin boys was the same at his 2 year old visit. We were refered to Nevada Early Intervention (NES). He received weekly speech therapy until he was 3 then he went into Child Find and is getting weekly speech thru the school district. He has improved greatly. I honestly don't know if it has been all the thearpy or he was just a late bloomer. But he loved the therapy sessions. We were lucky enough to get Dr Lesile to come on a weekly visit. She was wonderful. I do think that the early you start with help the better they will do. Of course NES and Child find is no charge to you. If you'd like further info on Child Find, please email me.
Thanks,
C.

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J.D.

answers from Las Vegas on

My youngest son didn't start "talking" until her was around 4. Like your son he could understand everything we said to him, but his responses were in the form of nods, shrugs and a few words. Our pediatrition told us not to be too concerned unless his smiles and emotions started to become more and more vague (indicitive of autism). She suggested arranging playdates with non-realitives to help him to be more confident in "coming out of his shell". We would also make him tell us what treat he wanted, so we would give him an apple instead of say, a cookie for cleaning all his toys up and he would have to verbalize "cookie please". (Not that we load our kids up on sugar! Just now and then)
We also would gave him a "job" such as telling his brother dinner was ready, making him feel important for helping mommy out. Now our son (whose 8) is the biggest chatterbox around! Good luck :)

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M.B.

answers from Phoenix on

I was VERY concerned about my son, when he turned two because of the same thing. My pediatrian mentioned that my 4 year old daughter might be doing all the talking for him. Which when I paid attention, she really did, just trying to be helpful. He started talking more at about 2 years, 4 months. He turns three this month, and is speaking in complete sentences now. I cannot comment on your child, but you may want to take note if the older one is talking for them. Sometimes they just don't see the need to bother if someone will do it for them. And boys sometimes do not talk as fast. Hoping for the best for you!!

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R.C.

answers from Denver on

Hi - my now 7 yr old son was not talking at all at 2. Most definately get in touch with child find, you will go through some testing with them and then qualify for services (Speech Therapy). From ages 2-3 a speech therapist will come to your house and work with your son for an hour. This was EXTREMELY helpful for us. At 3 he would be tested again and may qualify for once a week speech therapy groups of 3-4 kids through Douglas County Schools. My son participated in the groups for 2 years. Depending on the progress you make you may decide to add private speech therapy (which your insurance may pay for). All the Child Find services are free to you. Once my son started talking - around 3 he hasn't stopped since. Good Luck - I know it's hard - but there are resources - free ones!

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K.C.

answers from Las Cruces on

I don't know about Child Find as I'm not sure what that is. When my son was about 2 he barely said anything at all. His pediatrician referred him to a speech therapist. He was in therapy for almost a year and now speaks fine (he's 5 now). I wouldn't worry that he isn't developing normally, he may just need some help getting going with talking. Is he your fist child? Sometimes the first child can be a little bit delayed in talking since they don't have another child to model after. Hope that helped!

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L.H.

answers from Grand Junction on

Dear GS, don't be afraid to go to ChildFind. It is a wonderful organization geared to help children who are upcoming into the school system in the future. They offer free testing and help get connected if you should need help. Delayed speech could be a variety of issues, so the sooner you could be in testing, the sooner you could be getting help (if needed.). My son went to KidsFirst (a similar organization to ChildFind). It is a wonderful helpful group, that has your son's interest at heart. Good Luck, and try not to worry! L. W.

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C.P.

answers from Denver on

My son has had gross motor skill development therapy through Child Find and is currently receiving speech therapy through them. It's great! They evaluate your child to see if they qualify for the free in home therapy. And if they do than great! It's free! And it really has been helping. I've heard that not correcting speech problems at a young age can have a higher risk for learning disabilities when they are school age. I'd do it! Call them, it's wonderful!
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L.C.

answers from Denver on

Listen to your doctor. I don't have any experience with Child Find but I would check it out. I was also check out the possibility of seeing a speech pathologist? How does he eat? Many time the same skills it takes to chew, it takes to speak. Make sure you are responding to him with full sentences and giving him the answers. If he answers with one word, repeat that word in a longer response.

Good luck, I am sure with a little help he'll be chattering away and you'll wonder if he could just be quiet for 5 minutes :-).

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S.G.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hi There,

I have a daughter who will be turning two on the 15TH and I do not think you have anything to worry about. My daughter has the ability to speak well but doesn't say too much, for the fact that she doesn't need to. Everyone that is around her is very attentive and quick to please. Not too long ago, I started wondering if she knew "enough" words. My conclusion was that she knew plenty, she just had no reason to say most of them. Once in a while she'll say a word perfectly clear that I didn't know she knew!

Maybe it is the same with your son. You also have to remember that you have a four year old who probably says plenty for him! So on top of the attentive adults in his life he has a sibling, what does he neeed to talk for?! (when my stepson is with us, my daughter hardly talks at all.) I would call child find for my own peace of mind. They will have someone come out and observe and give you ideas on how to help him express himself. But I wouldn't worry too much, he probably knows 200 words!

Here is an idea, I do this with my daughter. I provoke her to talk. If she says "that?" I say "I don't know, what is that?". If I give her something I tell her "say thank you mommy." If she says "walk" I say "where do you want to walk to?" She doesn't always respond and I don't make her but I do think it gives her the chance to further express herself.

Good luck and don't worry too much. If he is developing normally in all other areas, he is probably fine.

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C.B.

answers from Denver on

I can't really say anything about the speech, my oldest has been talking very clearly and had over 10 words at 10 months old, and she is 2 1/2. Anyway, my mom went through Child Find for my little sister for physical therapy. They have been very happy working with Child Find! I hope you can have the same happy experience. Don't worry about his speech to much, but do get help. And I must ask, do you know if he id tongue tied? This is something that can delay speech and severely hinder pronunciation! I would check into that too. An easy way to tell is to see how far, if at all, he can stick out his tongue! It is an easy process to get it fixed, both my daughters were tongue tied! Good luck!

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S.S.

answers from Oklahoma City on

Yes I'm experienceing this same thing with my grandson.He understand well and say some words but he will not be 2 until April.There is no other children in the home so I feel he should be talking since every one around here are so much older.But we are going to the Dr.Appt next week and I will see that she say about it.The only other thing I know to do is PRAY AND PRAY

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M.B.

answers from Albuquerque on

Has he had his hearing checked. WE went through something similar and it turned out that because of several ear infections my son had fluid built up in his ears and was not hearingwell. After the tubes were put in his speech increased and now speaks better then my 4 year old nephew. Just a thought.

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D.M.

answers from Denver on

Definitely call Child Find. I did with my son and they were very helpful. Early intervention is best. They will help you with speech therapy, preschool, and its all free. take advantage of it, it can make a world of difference.

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K.R.

answers from Phoenix on

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist, work in the school system in the preschool setting. I haven't read all 34 responses, only a few. Right now, he is too young for Child Find if he just turned 2. Typically, the schools will screen at the youngest, 2.10 mnonths, maybe. CALL DDD- DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES TO HAVE HIM TESTED THROUGH THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM. They provide services birth to three and the school district takes over at 3 years of age.

Yes, you can be a little worried. But with help, he will improve. He needs lots of modeling, play, and vocabulary enrichment. Simple sign language will help him communicate - more, please, open, juice, milk. Choice making - always give him a choice for snacks, drinks, playtime, etc. and encourage him to use at least the beginning sound if possible. Ear infections can contribute to delayed speech. There may be underlying motor issues that contribute to the speech delay as well. Did he babble much as an infant? Difficulties eating, drinking, nursing, bottle feeding, etc? Does he make any noises with his mouth while playing (car noise, tongue clicking)? Have you looked under his tongue to check his frenum - the "string" that connects the tongue to the bottom of his mouth - to see if it is too short or connected to close to his bottom teeth?

Early intervention (EI)- and you have to keep calling and bugging them daily at the very least - will come out to evaluate him and make recommendations for further testing. They will find a speech therapist to set up an evaluation in your home. The therapist will test him, make recommendations and submit a written report. EI supoprt coordinator will send that report in for approval of services and then a therapist will come to your home to do therapy. EI support coordinator will also help you set up meetings with the school district towards the end of this school year.

Hope this helps.
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H.Q.

answers from Great Falls on

The difference a little time will make will totally amaze you. My youngest will be 2 in December. She understands what I'm saying, but her vocabulary is limited. Not to worry - she has a male cousin who is 6 months older than she is. He had almost no vocabulary skills at 2, but within 6 months, he was a fount of words! I think it's just a time thing.

Can you see your son adding words? If so, I totally wouldn't worry. My daughter will throw out a new word and kinda amaze me. So, you might want to give him a month or so to see if there in any imporvement in the words he uses - if not, it can't hurt to at least meet with Child Find, right? Worst case - he needs help; my oldest nephew had therapy to help with his speech. They played a lot! (I don't know thru whom the therapy was, tho)

Good luck. Take a deep breath, and relax. He will be fine - therapy or not!

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F.C.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hi,

I'm a mother of six children and 2 of my children didn't talk as much when they were 2 yrears old but don't worry they will start. Just make sure you keep talking to them. Boys like to take there time.

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