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My ds is 17 mos. old now, and doesn't talk. He makes lots of noise, babbles, etc.. We think he's trying to say "all done" and "uh oh," but can't really tell because we're listening with parent's ears, not "objective" ears, kwim? Anyway, some days it gets so frustrating to me. He WON'T sign to us (we sign all the time to him), and we know for a FACT he has receptive speech and understands us when we talk to him. But still, no speech. He uses a LOT of nonverbal ways to tell us things (well, me anyway), like when he wants to nurse or when he wants his diaper changed or when he wants us to read him another book.

I should be thankful, I know there are nonverbal children that give no indication whatsoever as to their wants and needs. It's just so friggin' frustrating. And his SL/P eval isn't for another month.

Mamas of older children with speech delays, when did they finally start talking?
 

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Sign language can be a great tool to cross the bridge to speech, but it doesn't work for every kid. It worked for my daughter, but not for my boys. For my older boy, what worked was pictures. We used PECS (picture exchange communication system), but most kids with just a speech delay probably don't need the entire system. You might try drawing simple pictures on cards to represent his most common needs, so he can give you the card when he needs something. Even if it's not the bridge he needs, if he will use it, it might help ease the frustration.

I know it's not what you asked, but I thought I'd throw the suggestion out there in case it can help.

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My son is delayed in speech. He is now 28 months and says 30 words (I counted them yesterday). Only every once in a while he actually says a word on his own, though. For instance he may go in the kitchen and point to the cabinet and says "gogie" which I now know means "Goldfish". If is say, "do you want some Goldfish?" he'll say "gogie" or "do you want some water?" he'll say "wah" or "wah-wah". I know what you mean about it being frustrating. I just wish he would communicate with us. At age 2 he said around 8 words and now he says 30...but most of those he just repeats what we say. He does babble a lot but most of it doesn't make sense to us. He never says any sentences--even 2 word sentences. He has an appt. at a neurologist in a few weeks. I'm hoping to get some answers then.
 

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Originally Posted by thoesly
Sign language can be a great tool to cross the bridge to speech, but it doesn't work for every kid. It worked for my daughter, but not for my boys. For my older boy, what worked was pictures. We used PECS (picture exchange communication system), but most kids with just a speech delay probably don't need the entire system. You might try drawing simple pictures on cards to represent his most common needs, so he can give you the card when he needs something. Even if it's not the bridge he needs, if he will use it, it might help ease the frustration.

I know it's not what you asked, but I thought I'd throw the suggestion out there in case it can help.

Tara
Oh yeah, I forgot about that!!! My sister is an EI and she's coming next weekend to work some with ds, and she talked about trying that out....how long did it take for your ds to pick up on it? I TOTALLY forgot about that....thanks.

Adamsmama, I hope you get some answers soon.
We're doing the evaluation/testing thing right now too, our lives are a nonstop stream of appointments with specialists.
 

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My older son has a speech delay. He was late to talk, but not noticeably so. At 18 months he said about 10 words. His delay is much more noticeable in the last 2 years.
My younger son(2 next month)had NO vocabulary at 18 months and is now starting to say 2-3 word sentences.
Early detection is the best, but every child develops differently and some children are just slow to talk. Good luck with all the testing!
 

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Both my sons didn't talk until they were 18 months, but by 2 they had completely caught up and gone ahead. Don't despair! Sounds like you are doing everything you can. Its esp. encouraging that he communicates well non-verbally-that's a good sign. Good luck!

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how long did it take for your ds to pick up on it?
It took my son a few months, but he also has autism, so first we had to get him to *see* the pictures. Once he realized they were there, he caught on almost immediately. If that doesn't work, I'm sure your sister will have even more ideas.

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imo it's way too early to say he has any type of delay. ds didn't speak at that age either and now he speaks in 8-9 word almost completely correct sentences. and now he's falling 'behind' in gross motor. but i'm not going to worry because it's not worth it. when he's 30, his boss isn't going to ask him when he learned to run or talk...kwim.
anyway...'don't worry, be happy' is my new mantra.
 
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