I wouldn't worry. My DD was the same at that age. It was at about 26/27 months and her speech just exploded. She's now 2.5 and we cannot shut her up!
I was also advised that children learn to speak at such varying rates but by three they should be at roughly the same point. Before then, if they show signs they understand, their lack of speech before 3 isn't an issue.
One thing we did do just prior to DDs speech explosion, we thought perhaps she didn't have the muscle definition in her mouth to speak, so a friend advised us her daughter who was speech delayed was offered chewy lollies to help build her muscles. So we gave DD 1-2 starburst chewy lollies a day and it wasn't long after she started talking more. It could have been purely a coincidence, but I guess we will never know.
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02-09-2014 20:33 #11
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02-09-2014 20:57 #12
Thanks for all your responses, it's very interesting to read all your advice.
I'll try and reply to the points I remember!!
I read to him a lot. If I asked him where the shoes are, he points to them and says 'oh there'! His answer to most things is there. Say if I hold his drink back and sat 'what do you want' rather than day drink he'll point to his bottle and say ta.
He doesn't say many animal sounds, not something I've really done, will get on to it now!!
I think his personality plays a part too. He's always been quite, more of a observer.
I work full time so would struggle to take him to a play group.
Thanks everyone. I think I'll wait till he's two, and then go from there. I'll probably keep stressing though!!!
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02-09-2014 21:07 #15
My 20 month old dd is they'd same. Does not say many words at all, and of the ones she does say i interpret them as they're not clear. She understand everything I say or ask he to do. She seems so clever for a little person who doesn't talk.
I figure it is because she has 2 older sisters who do everything she wants. All she needs to do is point or grunt at so etching and her doting sissys do/get it for her.
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02-09-2014 21:22 #17
So glad I read this thread! Facing the same thing with my 15mo.
04-09-2014 18:26 #18Junior Member
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I've worked with Paediatric speech pathologists and generally they used to say that by around 2 years of age kids should have at least 50 words and be joining 2 words together. Saying that, there is a large range and some children (particularly boys) can just be late talkers. If you are concerned though I would definitely recommend talking to your child health nurse and getting a referral to a speech pathologist - they can have massive waiting lists so it's much better to be on it and decline the service if you end up not needing it. You could see a private speech pathologist but it can be expensive.
Speech Pathologists are fantastic and can provide you with some great strategies to facilitate language development. They will see children of all ages - I remember they used to even occasionally see very young kids/babies who didn't babble much!
A great website resource is the Hanen Centre. It has a section with tips for parents.
Hope this is of some help.
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04-09-2014 21:32 #19
DS was a late talker. Until he was about 22 months he didn't make one single recognizable sound, but his comprehension was fine. Then he just started chatting a mile a minute and now goes on about precipitation and evaporation, theodolites and bioluminescence. I would try not to stress about it until he is two- I know for a fact you're probably doing all the right things already to facilitate his learning!
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05-09-2014 21:01 #20
The MCHN wasn't worried at all, it's just me. I'm really hoping he just takes off soon.
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