I keep seeing threads pop up about toddlers not talking, so I was hoping we could ''consolidate'' some info in this thread here. It was actually a thread here that made me question my own child's speech, and we recently got an evaluation. He was tested at 20 months, and scored at the 12-month level in expressive, and 30-month level in receptive. The SLP didn't feel there was anything ''wrong'' with him, but he still hasn't gained any new words in the last two months. I thought maybe we could share what others are doing to help speech along, and what the results have been.
Here's what the SLP suggested doing:
-repeat every word many times over, and focus only on one word at a time (e.g.: You want to go DOWN? Down? Down. Down. Go down. Let's go DOWN.) until he repeats it, then offer praise.
-encourage gestures and signs, but don't allow child to communicate solely with them. For eg., if DS signs more, I'm supposed to get him to attempt to say it before I accept it.
-withold some things until DS makes an attempt at vocalizing. So even though he signs truck, makes a driving gesture, pushes me to the shelf, I'm not supposed to let him have it until he attempts to vocalize.
None of the above is really working. Because he understands so much, he looks at me like I'm dumb when I repeat myself and he just says yes (Me: Down? DS: Yes. Me: Down, Down, we go down. DS: yes, Yeeeeessssss!!!!!!).
He has about 20 signs, and will NOT attempt to say words at all when signing. He gets mad if I try to push him, like he knows I understand, so I should comply.
I am very uncomfortable withholding things, so I haven't pursued that very much. The SLP said to not do it with food or cuddles (thank goodness!), but still...
Anyway, any thoughts would be welcome.
DS is 22 months today and has about 15 words. He's also very social and babbles constantly, just not coherently. He also has some inner ear fluid (failed tympanogram - type B), but passed the hearing test. He has no other issues that could suggest apraxia or autism, although I don't want to rule those out solely based on one SLP's assessment.