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#1 of 4 Old 05-04-2005, 10:39 AM - Thread Starter
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At the boys' 15 month well visit, I was asked if the boys were saying words yet. I responded with 'no' as they really aren't. She then said "Oh, but they're saying stuff like 'mama' and 'dada'" to which I replied "Well, sort of. They say it sometimes, but don't always say it to mean us. I haven't noticed them using it regularly to refer to us.". They are usually just babbling...they can use consonant sounds and seem to say the beginning syllables of words, but no whole words at all yet.

Well, we were told that if they hadn't said 3-5 new words in a month's time, to call back for an appointment. She wants to refer them for testing. I've been working with them at home, repeating sounds and words (not stressing over it, just making a more conscious effort with them), talked to our school Speech Thearpist and done some of her suggestions and still nothing.

Would you call and schedule an appointment or wait it out a little longer?

If you'd wait it out, why?

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If your babies are communicating with you in other ways, I would wait. They are still so young. Also, boys tend to speak later than girls.
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There have been many discussions about language delays on the apmultiples yahoo group. Based on what I've read there, the consensus seems to be, if they understand language well & communicate in non-verbal ways (pointing, etc.) it's not a concern until they're over age 2, but it also never hurts to get the evaluations, they're usually fun for the kids (therapist plays games with them) and if there *is* a delay, the earlier it's caught the better.

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If they understand you and can follow simple directions, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

But if you are worried, then have an evaluation, if for no other reason than to ease your mind. You may laugh at yourself for being over-worried, but you won't forgive yourself for ignoring your intuition if there is a problem, right?

I have btdt, my girls were, still are delayed. They have always been on the border between needing therapy and not needing it, but are slowly improving. At 4 yrs old most of their peers can understand them, they can express themselves (too well, these days ) and many normal hearing adults can figure out what they're trying to say. I think the only thing hold them back right now is that dd3 can talk as well as they can, but her diction is not as clear. So they all reinforce her 2 1/2 yo mispronounciations and made up words.
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