Hey thought I would jump on this thread. My son will be 2 in a couple of weeks and still has no words. He had grommets put in 3 weeks ago and he seems to be babbling more but still thinks he has hearing issues as he seems to lip read a lot. The specialist says that he should have about 50 words and stringing 2 together at this point, so he is way behind.
@Nafsika I've heard that multi-language children do take longer to speak so maybe that's it?
@[Mod] Degrassi if you don't mind me asking, what things is your DS doing/not doing to be diagnosed with autism? And at what age? We have been taking part in an autism study as he is 'at risk' however his paediatrician and GP both seem to think he just has a language delay
It is hard, but since posting his talking a bit more. I was afraid he had issues but his fine. His not I to books big, story books but he likes picture books.
My son is bilingual too, we speak one language at home and he goes full time to childcare in English.
He started to put 2 words together around 20 mo.
I was told that bilingual children develops their speaking skills at the same rhythm than other kids but theirs words are split between languages.
A sole english speaker kid would have 50 words in English by 18mo whereas a bilingual would have 25 in each so they might seem a little behind. (I took 50 as an example by the way!)
My DS wasn't officially diagnosed until November last year, but we started suspecting he had ASD not long after he turned 3 (he just turned 4 this month).
He has a lot of traits, but I'll just list a few: echolalia (repeats ads and phrases from television and the ipad word for word), is constantly moving and finds it very difficult to sit still, doesn't ask questions and rarely answers questions, doesn't cope well with sudden changes (needs reassurance of what is happening, what comes next), difficulty engaging in activities not of his choice, becomes fixated on items, doesn't greet people with hello or goodbye.
If you are concerned, speak with a GP. However, bilingual kids do, usually, take a bit longer.
DSS was just lazy- he had the words but refused to use them until he was 2.5 years old. He would say single words, but not sentences. So, we started ignoring his one-word questions/commands and saying, "we don't understand what you want, tell us"... after a month or so, he started talking fully, and hasn't stopped since!
DSD was average, usual words by 1, and chatting away from 1.5 years.
I would definitely recommend seeing a speech therapist and getting an expert assessment/opinion. We chose the private system as the wait for public in our area was too long (about 6 months). It can get expensive though if they do need regular therapy.
I've been toying with the idea of speech therapy but I'm just not sure yet. He is at daycare 3 days per week and is in the toddler room this year, and I'm hoping he starts coming along in leaps and bounds in the next few months following the lead of his peers. If he's still this behind in a few months time I will probably consider it further.
We have always had DS at home but our GP and Paediatrician both said daycare would help him immensely. We've had him in occasional care for 5-6 hours a week for 2 weeks now. I've noticed already that he's learnt to bring his feet forward to sit down and come down the slide, rather than go down on his front, something I was trying to teach him. I think it will be great for his development. He's starting pre-kinder 2 days a week just after his 2nd birthday and will be in a room with 2.5-3.5yr olds so I'm hoping he will learn from the older ones. I'm currently taking him to group speech therapy sessions every week and am on the wait list for public speech therapy but will pay privately if we need to; we're going to see how he goes over the new couple of months. We have a feeling that the grommets haven't done too much to help his hearing and find that he is still lip reading but we're having a follow up on Thursday so we'll see what the specialist says. In the next month or so he will be going for his 2yr old autism study assessment so will be interesting to see what they say this time round
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