Should I Be Worried About My Toddler Not Talking Yet?
As with most developmental milestoens, the age at which toddlers begin to talk can vary. It's worth remembering that the stages of speech and language development are the same for all children, but the age at which kids develop can differ. One of our Facebook community mothers was concerned about her toddler not talking yet. and received some wonderful advice from the other members.
Hi all. My son is 19 months old and only has two words: 'Dada' and 'Peppa'. He makes loads of sounds and completely knows what we are saying to him and follows instructions like 'put it in the bin'. He is also incredibly stubborn and will point to what he wants, but will not say it. I'm just a bit worried with him only having the two words. Thank you all.
Get Him Checked By A Professional
Lisa: If you’re concerned ask your public health service if there is a drop-in clinic for speech therapy. They might be able to give you some tips on how to motivate your little one to start talking more.
Caitriona: I would advise that if you’re worried, to get the public health nurse to put him forward for speech therapy now as there can be a long wait before het can get it.
Niamh: You can always get him referred to be assessed. My now two and a half year old hadn’t many words at all at his two year check. He was referred and assessed - no intervention as such. He just seems to start talking after Christmas and hasn’t stopped. I wouldn’t worry - but no harm to get him in the system sooner rather than later!
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Sarah: The best advice I would give you is to get his name down for speech and language therapy asap as it can be a long process. I still attend my daughter's speech therapy and the work the therapist does with my daughter is fantastic and really helps to encourage her speech at her own pace
Joelene: My son was referred to speech therapy at two. He had almost zero words and ‘talked’ gibberish mostly. Four months later words are pouring out of him. It’s amazing, but we still have our next appointments booked. It’s no harm to be aware of it and get seen by someone, but a lot of kids come on leaps and bounds!!
Test His Hearing
Lisa: You could ask your GP about getting his ears checked in case he’s hearing but not exactly hearing pronunciation.
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Be Patient, All Babies Are Different
Lisa: You’ll probably find it will just click with him one day and he’ll start getting more and more words quite quickly.
Caitriona: My son was the same and one day he just started using loads of words. He is flying with his speech now!
Heather: I wouldn't worry about it at that age. I'm in a mammy group and all of our babies were born the same month (they're 21 months now). Some babies are saying a lot, some babies have no words yet. All babies are different
Ciara: My nurse said once they get to two, there would be very quick progress. My little one was the same at 18 months. She understood everything: great at animal noises, ‘daddy’ and ‘mam’ the odd time. Now, all of a sudden, she’s trying to copy everything and new words all the time. Don't worry. Each child has different ways,
Georgina: My son is two and has a nice few words but only two sentences. He's been referred to see a speech therapist but the public health nurse said that he might be talking none stop by the time he gets the appointment. Not to worry that he will talk in his own time.
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Steffi: Sounds normal to me. Different kids develop at different rates. I would wait until his two year check and see what happens then.
Daria: My son wouldn't speak until he was two and a half years old. He had literally six words until then. After that he wouldn't stop! I wouldn't worry about it yet if you can see that he understands everything.
Just Keep On Narrating Everything:
Niamh: Just keep talking (or rather narrating EVERYTHING!)
Steffi: Maybe try and read lots of books and narrate life a lot if you aren't already.
Deirdre: I wouldn’t worry. Usually it’s around two that kids start using more words. In the meantime, nursery rhymes, reading stories and continuous dialogue about what you are doing will help develop your child’s speech.
Joelene: Kids YouTube is amazing too.
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