My three year old daughter was a late talker as well. She barely had any words at two years old, but her receptive communication was on par. She could follow directions and understood most of the statements that her father and I said to her, but she just didn't have the expressive skills. At my daughter's two year check-up, the pediatrician asked about her communication skills, and when I told her about the lack of expressive development, she referred me to the birth-3 program in Connecticut. After that, I still decided to wait a couple more months to see if there would be any improvement, before contacting birth-three. After a couple of months, I still didn't observe improvement, so I called birth-three and got my daughter registered. A special ed teacher started coming every week to work with my daughter. After several months, I also decided to get a speech therapist involved because even though my daughter was talking a lot more, she wasn't speaking clearly, which was the major issue. So a speech therapist started coming once a week.These interventions helped, along with me just continuously reading to my daughter, pointing things out to her, demonstrating proper pronunciation of words, and asking her questions to get her to respond in full sentences. By the time the birth-three intervention was coming to an end, a lot of my daughter's speech still wasn't very clear. I went to a couple of meetings for the special ed program, and they also did an evaluation of my daughter. Around this time, my daughter' speech did start to clear up, so when the staff evaluated her, they didn't want to make a decision right away, so they invited us to attend a pre-intervention weekly activity and then a final decision would be made at the end of this school year. Luckily, my daughter ended up not needing to do this activity because her speech and clarity of speech rapidly developed during the last couple of months before she turned three. Now at three years and a couple of months, my daughter's communication skills are where they should be and her father and I can actually have conversations with her, and understand almost everything she says.
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30 month old late talker? - Page 2post #21 of 274/5/11 at 2:58pmpost #22 of 274/5/11 at 5:01pm
My ODD is also 30 months old and I've been concerned about her speech lately as well. After reading this thread I feel a little bit better. I was a "late" talker. My mom said that I hardly said anything at all for a long time and right around the age that my DD is right now, I just started talking in sentence after not saying much before then. And I am a first born, too, to address that part of your post.post #23 of 274/5/11 at 8:12pm
I have also BTDT. I have 1 autistic kiddo & 1 late talker who spontaneously began speaking in sentences at age 31 months. Research has demonstrated that the single most effective method to stimulate speech is maternal imitation (primary caregiver repeats every sound that the child makes), not preschool peers or any type of instruction. I strongly recommend the book "Play to Talk" by MacDonald, who is a celebrity superstar in the world of early childhood speech pathology. The book is super easy to read, supportive of AP, and it explains exactly how to help your child in real life doing the normal things that you do every day. Many public libraries carry this book, because it is recommended by most early intervention programs.post #24 of 274/5/11 at 10:34pmQuote:Originally Posted by Belia
My little guy only had 16-20 words by age 2, when I think the "standard" is 50 words by age 2, so we got a referral to EI. But the first thing we did was a hearing evaluation by a pediatric audiologist. It turned out that he had lost approx 50% of his hearing! He had the tubes put in, and that's another long-ish story, but there was a physical / medical reason for the delay.
By all means go forward with EI, but get his hearing tested as well. If we hadn't done that we would have been treating the symptoms but not the disease, KWIM?
This was me. I had tubes put in and loss hearing when I was learning to speak. It sounded like people were underwater. I went to speech therapy for 6 years at a public school since I developed a speech impediment. I didn't start speaking for a long time and then rarely spoke in public/people I didn't know very well.
I still have hearing issues due to weak eustachian tubes; they collapse randomly and frequently (like when your ears are plugged), and I hear a slight ringing in one ear. Speech is fine. I can't hear people at all unless they're looking at me, especially if their back is facing me. That's probably a brain developmental thing vs. a physical hearing issue. I had my hearing tested twice in the last 2 years, and its normal.
post #25 of 274/6/11 at 6:26am
I have 2 boys now 7 and 9 yrs. The younger one was a very advanced early talker. The older one was late. I was told by strangers all day long how smart the younger one was. He surpassed his older brother (18 months apart).
Now they are both at Montessori and the older one is doing great and ahead for his grade and finds learning easy. The younger one has stayed back and is slow at learning. I don't think it matters much when they learn to talk, much like walking etc. It does make life easier but that's all.
Good Luck...soon she will be talking your ear off!!post #26 of 274/6/11 at 8:36am
My daughter will be 18 months in 2 weeks and she will not stop talking. She says ABC, counts 1-10, Says 2 words in a row now, can name about 15 of our family members, and just pretty much can repeat any word we say. We are very proud as we pretty much read to her a lot and ask her to repeat words we say. It gets embarassing when we are out though as she talks too much LOL. I called my wife Stupid one time jokingly and she repeats that too. You can pretty much say we cuss no more in our house for fear she will repeat them.post #27 of 274/6/11 at 12:24pm
My DS is 31 (almost 32) months. At 30 months (mid-February) he was not really talking. It had driven me crazy, because my niece who is only 4 months older, had been walking around speaking in full paragraphs for over a year! I did ask DS's pediatrician at his 2 year check about his speech and he said it was completely normal. He had about 20 words that were his favorite and he knew well, but he never put any words together. I was getting really worried, like I always do, and then it just.. changed. He woke up one morning and said "Hi Mom" - his first 2 word phrase. Then he said Thank you, Mom - Cereal, please - Find crayons - etc etc etc - it was so choppy & broken sounding for the first week or so. Now he is speaking in full sentences and knows too many words to count. He knows things I don't even remember teaching him. He counts to ten and talks about what the weather is doing, and where the birds live.. It reminds me of when my mom said "You just wish they will learn to talk until they do... & then you wish they'd be quiet!" He now talks all day - to me, to his new baby sister, to himself. It's only been 6 weeks or so since he started talking and it's just been an explosion! I feel like he's been holding in all this knowledge for so long and now is just pouring it out.
His pedi (and my oh-so-calm DH) always told me the most important part as far as toddlers are concerned is what they UNDERSTAND. Though my DS wasn't talking much, he could identify pretty much everything in the universe by pointing, and could follow 3 and 4 step instructions (Go into the kitchen. Your brown shoes are on the second shelf. Please get them and bring them to Mom). If your DD is comprehending well, the speech will come. Likely the pediatrician will not see it as a concern unless she doesn't start talking by age 3. Hang in there - I have felt your stress!
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