I've got a son who will be 2 in 9 days time. He is only saying around 10 words. No sentences. He doesn't say all the words he can say every day, it's as though he's talking like a one-year-old. He says "dad dad dad" "nah nah nah" "apple" "ball "bubble" and s few others but a lot more gibberish.
My nephew is 2 months older and he can say sentences and is quite clear.
Son has his 2 year old appointment with the maternal health nurse coming up and I brought this up with her last time (at 18 months) and she told me not to worry until 2. Well now I am. Also my daughter who's 11 has apraxia of speech and my dp had glue ear and didn't talk properly until he was 5.
Should I start looking for a speech pathologist just yet or wait?
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08-04-2016 12:09 #1Senior Member
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Worried about speech
08-04-2016 12:10 #2Senior Member
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Forgot to say that he understands most things and is quite vocal and sings (though in gibberish).
08-04-2016 12:18 #3
I would definitely start looking now. My son has had speech therapy on and off over the years (he's 5 now). I think it's something worth doing sooner rather than later.
08-04-2016 12:47 #4
Agree with Sonja, I would start looking into speech therapy.
You could of course wait a bit and see if he 'explodes' with language shortly after he turns 2 like many people will tell you happened with their own children, but I feel it's best to address it sooner rather than later.
If he happens to suddenly start talking a lot, that's great! But if he doesn't, you'll be working on it already.
08-04-2016 14:28 #5
My ds1 could hardly say 10 words at 2 and at the nurse check she asked if I wanted referral to speech therapist. I was surprised by the suggestion as I didn't really see it as a problem and I have a couple of ST friends who agreed that ds1 seemed to be on track even if a little slow so not to worry. Now at 28 months he's putting sentences together and definitely had the language explosion a couple months ago. Personally I think for age 2 saying 10 words is perfectly reasonable but I'm sure seeing a st is not going to do any harm.
08-04-2016 15:24 #6
Dd had the aforementioned 'explosion' of language around her 2nd birthday. I had though started looking into speech pathologists as I knew the closer she got to 2, the more of an issue it would become (her speech was picked up at her 18mth mchn appt however I declined the referral with the honest intention to follow up by her birthday).
She had such a broad understanding of objects and could follow multiple instructions, she just wouldn't repeat much. Her recent speech assessment for kindy showed no concerns so for us personally, there wasn't an underlying cause for concern.
Had she gone much further with little vocabulary, I was all ready to make the call and have her assessed though.
08-04-2016 15:42 #7
Worried about speech
Does your son attend daycare? Does he have an older sibling? This will make a big difference in his speech I believe.
Fwiw, my DS1 hardly had any words by 2, he babbled a lot, loved singing and had excellent comprehension. He didn't socialise with children (aside from occasional visits with friends) until he was 2 1/4 yrs old. And then the language explosion happened.
It turned out that he had a number of speech and communication issues which we only started tackling with a ST around his 4th birthday, and the ST has had an amazing impact on his speech and general behaviour.
If you have concerns, it won't hurt to have him assessed, it won't necessarily mean committing to years of ST, but will be good to get a professional opinion early on.
A lot of the work the ST did for my DS involved giving us advice on what to do and say to him at home and if we had been given that advice 2 years earlier, a lot of the issues might have been avoided completely.
Edit: Ds1 is now 4.5yrs old, he's been seeing his ST for about 9 months.
Last edited by witherwings; 08-04-2016 at 15:45.
08-04-2016 19:05 #8
I had/have the same concerns. My ds is 2 in 11 days and had maybe 5 words. Very similar in that he talks and sings all the time but in his own language. He understands everything so his comprehension is there and he's now starting to attempt to parrot us. I brought this up at my dd 6 week paed checkup and he said as long as he's understanding everything, and passes a hearing test then he's not worried until 2.5/3. He said some (boys in particular) are slow talkers. I fully believe he'll get there and have that 'language explosion' soon. I won't leave it longer than another 6 months before researching and starting ST though.
08-04-2016 19:23 #9
I'd organise a referral from a GP for a speech path. Even if it just gives you some peace of mind.
08-04-2016 22:49 #10
I would wait and see, however it's YOUR choice.
My girl will be 2 soon and she doesn't say 10 words but is on constant repeat. In saying that, my son didn't talk till around 3 years old.
It's understandable that your concerned however do not compare your child to anyone. As there will be things your child does that another child can not do at the same time.
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