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    DS has just turned 2, and I'm a little worried about his speech (or lack of). He only started talking (aside from mum and dad) at 18 months and now probably has around 10 - 15 words, but none of them are really pronounced properly and lots of his words sound the same, so unless he's pointing at what he's talking about it can be hard to know what he's saying.

    Example: dog & door sound like doh, bottle & bubble sound like boh, please is peas. He can put a couple of words together, like 'oh dear' and 'oh no'.

    He tends to point and grunt alot when he wants something, but I'm trying to get him to use words more because he's going through alot of frustration atm which I think has to do with the fact he can't communicate very well (he understands everything I say though).

    Does this sound ok for his age? If not, do I just go to my GP to get a referral to someone for more help?

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    I haven't had this issue but going to your gp does sound like a good idea.

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    Our DS's speech is similar to yours - he is 2 on Sunday. He uses a very small handfull of words. Sometimes we'll get stoked that he uses a new word, but he won't use it again.

    A lot of people have said it's too early to worry. I think it's easy to say that when you are not in our situation!

    I said a few months ago if we didn't see much progression by age 2 then we would look into getting him seen to. DS was born almost 9 weeks early, so this may also contribute to his speech delay. His next premmie follow-up appointment at the hospital he was born at isn't until April, which is still a while to wait.

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    Check with your GP but i remember stressing so much about DD's speech. It does get better, i remember sitting there a couple of weeks ago (she just turned 3) and suddenly, it was like "OMG i am having a conversation with my Daughter!" It just snuck up on me so quick!!

    It doesnt hurt to get an oppinion from your GP tho.

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    My daughter is exactly the same as yours . I could have wrote the post . She's 2 in April and I am really concerned .

    At around this age I was advised it should be a handful of words around 5-10 and then around 50 by 2 . My sons speechie told me this ( my 3 year old son is non verbal , he has autism) .and the maternal child and health book also states this . So sure , my daughter is technically meeting the current milestone expected BUT the progress is just stagnant , I see nothing happening and kids around her the same age are saying words as clear as day and saying heaps

    I certainly can't see her having 50 + words at 2 .

    My sons speechie will assess my daughter at 2 and start seeing her also if things don't take off in the next two months .

    I would be getting your child looked at just to err on the side of caution , im certainly not saying you should be concerned , I hope we both have children who's speech just takes off but JUST incase it doesn't , I would be getting started on some help now to not waste precious time .

    Good luck !

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    You don't need a referral to see a speech pathologist, google clinicians or clinics in your area. If you're concerned, there's no harm in an assessment, and an SP will work closely with you to promote communication overall, not just verbal speech

    ETA I'd skip the GP appt, in all honesty. Unless they are a paediatrician it's unlikely they'll have an informed and valid opinion of a child's speech abilities

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    I think 24 months is too young to stress about speech. The expectations on kids have really become quite stringent with no room for completely normal variations. As long as you see them learning, understanding and improving - no matter how slowly, really - that proves they are picking things up and I really feel it's just a matter of time. My 22 months old says maybe 5 words regularly.

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    My DS is the same. He says about 5-10 words but understands everything. He's also 2 next week. I'll be getting him assessed in a couple of weeks just to put my mind at ease. OP, It's nice to know I'm not alone. Cheers

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    DD2 only said a few words when she turned 2. I wasn't too worried but I mentioned it to the health nurse at her check up and she said not to worry until about 3 and they are still not talking. Didn't need to worry, she is almost 3 now and wont stop! I think two is still quite young. Maybe give it a couple more months

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    The baseline indicator for speech therapy is less than 50 words and not joining words together in little phrases (like 'daddy gone' or 'my bickie') by two years of age.

    You don't need a referral for a speech pathologist, but a GP might know where you can go locally. You can also look on www . Speechpathologyaustralia . org.au , they have a Find a Speech Pathologist function on the website where you can enter your suburb.

    Even a couple of appointments might be enough to give you some strategies to get his language going.
    Don't stress about it, but it's great that you're keen to look into it...early intervention is the key


 

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