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    Default HELP 2 year old not talking

    Hey Ladies,

    I am wondering if I should worry. I am worried but have others around saying he is fine but I just don't know.

    My son was 2 in march. He can say a lot of words, more, car, ta, bot, thank you... However doesn't say them. We hear it once every week and that's it, he needs to be in a super great mood to say it.

    When he wants something, like a bottle, he will just scream like crazy... I do get the bottle. Should I be making him say something?

    Advice would be great.

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    My nearly 2 year old DD is a bit like that. She talks- A LOT- but very rarely actually says any words, its all babble. She says "dad", "mum" (occasionally), "ta", "bye" (only just started) and then can sort of say "where's it gone", "there it is", "there you are"... but its more the tone rather the the actual words. I was starting to worry as our DD1 was speaking clear, full sentences by this age, you could hold a converstation with her the way you would with an adult. For DD2 to get her point across, she shows us. For example, if she is hungry she will either go to the pantry and whinge, or go to the fridge and whinge, or stand at her high chair. If she is thirsty, she will bring us a cup or water bottle and say 'ta". then you have to guess if she wants milk or water (if she wants milk she will cry if you go to the sink).

    Boys do develop slower then girls, and from what you said I wouldnt be too concerned yet. Does he follow directions? Like if I ask DD2 for a kiss or a hug, she will give me a kiss or a hug.

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    I don't have children of my own as yet but I didn't talk until I was just over 3 years old! My mum took me to every specisialist thinking there was something wrong with me .. turns out I was just lazy. Because everything was handed to me because I made it known what i wanted, there was no need to talk. I hardly said boo! When my mum insisted I tell her what I wanted I also would scream and carry on but my mum insisted and then one day, suddenly I was speaking fluent english and spanish! Turns out I was storing all that information and when I realised I wouldn't get what i wanted, I had to learn to talk. My mum believes this is the case as i was too young to remember all that .. personally I think I was just lazy


    Your son will speak when he needs to .. I wouldn't worry about it

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    Ds was the same he's almost 3 and only just putting 2 words together. Since starting preschool in feb he's gone from about 10 words to about 50.

    The speech therapist we went to suggested when making bottles and giving him things to say bot bot please. Then give it to him as the crying subsides then get him to attempt the word before giving it to him,

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    Thanks for your replies makes me feel better :-)
    We do often try to get him to say things, like when we hand him something we say ta, if we try to make him say something he just gets the poops.
    He does understand everything we say. Sometimes he surprises me. I talk like an adult and will say 'how about we go and clean up the toys in your room' and he will go in his room and pick toys up. He understands everything, so I guess I'm not as worried as I would be if he didn't.

    Just getting frustrating having to guess what his problem is and it's hard to know if I'm doing the right thing by giving him what he wants when he screams.

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    Kids develop differently. DD1 was not a big talker at that age either. DD2 came along, and at the same age is a massive chatterbox. She talks, sings, comes up with very long and sometimes surprising sentences. They were both raised pretty much the same, it's just different kids, different development. Seems like your son is much better at listening than my chatterbox daughter, she never does what she's told Her male cousin, who is 4 months older than her, barely says 2 words together. We're not worried though, he's a happy, healthy boy. He's just quiet.
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    My ds was like that and he had chronic glue ear (fluid in his ears). He got grommets and suddenly he was talking all the time. I'm going to suggest you get him checked by the GP and organise an audiology appointment (you don't need a referral for that and it's usually bulk billed) to make sure his hearing is ok. If he does need grommets and you need to go publicly the wait can be 6+ months and so you need to get going on that.

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    Two separate mummy friends of mine both had boys, both of them were worried just like you about their boys not talking. Neither boy really talked until around the 3yo mark, and at that point both boys went from 1-2 words here and there to 10-12 word sentences, stringing short sentences together etc.

    OP If you are worried I would be watching his comprehension. If he is obviously listening to you and understanding what you are saying, then i wouldn't be too worried. If you are concerned that he is not hearing you and/or not understanding what you say, then i would check with your MCHN or a GP.

    I'm sure this time next year you will be wishing for a moments silence in between the constant chatter

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    Our little girl was similar 3 months ago. Big vocab but not much talking. We made a big deal out of it when she did talk, lots of positive re-enforcement and when she wanted things, when she grunted and pointed we kept telling her to 'use your words' ... 'juice please daddy', and holding back (only a little) from giving the thing.

    Now when we're making breakfast 9/10 times it's "juice please daddy!" (please is a recent thing).

    She's about the same age. Stick with it and stay positive. Remember crying is just how they're expressing themselves and an important part of giving them the incentive to talk.

    Good luck.


 

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