I can't actually remember if we needed a referral - I think we did though, so maybe ask your GP when you see them in a few weeks. Fluid levels can fluctuate sometimes, particularly if they are sick. When we initially had a hearing test done (showed moderate/severe hearing loss) we were advised to re-do it in 6 weeks as it was the middle of winter and she had been sick for a while. Unfortunately it didn't improve even after a period of wellness. The last time we went through it she showed mild hearing loss in one ear at that time, but hearing was okay in both ears 6 weeks later (though still had fluid, so we went ahead with a third set of grommets). So yes, it can definitely fluctuate. If there are hearing issues identified, it's best to be monitored by an ENT.
I would get a hearing test- just because I think it's a good idea at 2 to get one.
Yes you need a referral- we did anyway
Other than that, I wouldn't be overly concerned, as he could just explode into language at any point.
My DS was the same at 20months. His GP told us not to worry until he turned 2. He only had about 10 words by his birthday so we went back and got a referral for a hearing test and speech pathologist.
Almost as soon as I made the speechy appointment DS started gathering more and more words.
DS had his appoint a couple of weeks ago and she just assessed him and gave us an exercise to do at home.
There was a long wait to get in for a hearing test, which is happening next week. I actually think hearing may have been a factor. DS has only had one ear infection so I never really considered his ears could be a problem, but a few weeks ago he woke up with quite a lot of sticky yellow gunk. It was around then he started picking up more words. It could be a coincidence, and the GP couldn't get a good look in his ears to see, but I suspect possibly glue ear.
DS is now 25 months and picking up new words every day.
Some of the advice in this thread is great. Just try to be really consistent and repetitive. Animal sounds count too, it's all about making the sounds that become words or form part of words.
Thought I might give this thread an update.
DS had a hearing test early December. His hearing is perfect. No concerns at all. He's still not talking much. Lots of babbling and really tries to communicate but just can't get the words out. Must be so frustrating for him. I have to keep reminding myself he's nearly 2 and a lot smarter than I think just because he can't talk doesn't mean he's still a little baby. I feel bad for that. I do try to make sure I'm communicating with him properly. I don't feel as concerned as what others think I should be. Dp isn't worried that much either. We can see he is a smart boy and very bright, he just doesn't talk.
Does anyone know anything that can help? Any exercises we can try, we use a mirror to talk in to. He's more concerned at looking at his face when he cries lol we read a lot. We talk to him all the time. I will admit we probably have the tv on too much. Will this cause problems? He still has a dummy and a bottle at bed time but it's only at bed time. He gets his dummy if he really hurts himself (which isn't often) are these few times going to be causing a problem as well? I've probably asked these already. Oh well.
Day care are saying they are worried about his attention span. It's only short. I think this is silly because well he's a young kid of course it's short!
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