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    Thanks so much for the replies everyone, it's nice to know others are in a similar position.

    I feel like his lack of communication is causing him a huge amount of frustration (like he'll say 'doh' and I say 'yes, there's the dog' and his little face frowns and he gets upset because he wasn't saying dog at all, he was saying something else and I clearly don't understand what it is).

    We have a really wonderful GP, so I think I'll make an appointment with him as a first step and see if he can refer us to a good speech pathologist in the area and go from there.

    ETA: I'm guessing the cost of a speech pathologist is going to be up there with any other specialist, does anyone know if there are any medicare rebates for this sort of stuff?

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    You should get your name put on the local public list - there will be no cost for services but there will no doubt be a waitlist (I've heard of areas being 12months +). But at least that way you will be able to get some appointments for free if you still need services when his name comes up.

    An initial assessment privately might cost you a few hundred, then ongoing appointments might be somewhere from $90 for 45 minutes (ball park). Medicare or private health insurance might get you $40ish back. All just round about numbers, haven't got exact info in front of me

    Good luck, a great GP can make all the difference when looking for services like speech therapy

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    My Ds has a severe speech delay,me hitch I started noticing at around 18 months, when his twin started talking and he didn't. I found that no one would check him out until he was 3. Even if they do have delays,not here is not much they can do at the age of two. He stared speech therapy at 3 and has come along way, his speech is currently 18 months of age equivalent. Keep a diary of the things he says, so you can show the gp. They may not do anything right now, but it can't hurt to ask.

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    There are actually loads of therapy strategies and language development techniques which can be used with children right from infancy. There is no bottom age cut-off for starting therapy. Beebs it's a shame no one was keen to start with your son sooner, though great to hear he has done so well

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    He is autistic, and I had a heck of a time getting a diagnosis, we must've seen 8 doctors before I finally got a referral to aspect who were like, "yes". Drives me insane! They kept saying it was. Twin thing, his brother is talking for him etc. grrr

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    Lol, not meaning to sound like a know-it-all, I was a speechie for over 10 years before moving into academia in recent years

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    Ugh, yeah it is hard when parents keep getting told 'he'll grow out of it' or every other excuse under the sun. If a parent knows something is not right with their child's development, then we gotta listen to them! How frustrating for you!

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    beebs - how horribly frustrating no-one would help sooner.

    I suspect DS is just a late talker, and he will get there in the end, but even just to have some strategies to try and communicate better in other ways and help develop his speech would be great for both of us I think.

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    DS1 has a speech delay. He is 23 months old. He had grommets inserted just before Christmas. He had severe glue ear so could not hear clearly. Since the op he is saying Mum, Dad, dog, cat, Nanna and a few more words before the op he said nothing. We took him to a speech therapist and she gave us some tools to use at home. It annoyed me so much when people always said "he will grow out of it" or "he will talk when he is ready". Turns out he couldn't hear!

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    hi we are going thru this atm. i got worried when i read in a book that a 22mth old should have 50+ words and a 2yr old should be putting words together and forming short sentences.
    My almost 2yr old (2 in a week) refers to everything as "ba" says long sentences but all in babble. I cant understand a thing nor can anyone else. it causes her alot of frustration. She understand instructions and every word you say to her so its nothing to do with her hearing, she just wont use words.
    When we went to our MCHN for ds, she picked up on this and said she's not worried yet and will give it another 6mths as words will usually just start to flow when they are ready. She suggested a speech pathologist but isnt too concerend atm.
    I wouldnt stress but if you are worried maybe mention it to your mchn at the 2r old check up.
    We are just continuing with what we usually do - lots of reading and pointing to the words, correcting her when she uses "ba" and repeating repeating repeating everthing!!! in hope she will copy....one day!
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