My 18 month old won't try to talk or say words. He doesn't even try. He can say mama and dada and those are the only 2 words he can say. The doctors said by 2 he should be saying small sentences but i'll be lucky if i can get him to say a word. They said if he's still not talking by 2 then I should consider speech therapy, but is there anyone else who's little one isnt talking? What could be wrong, and is there anything I can do. I'm always working with himAnswer Question
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Answer by mommaruth07 at 10:32 PM on Mar. 10, 2009
Neither of my boys were talking by 18 months. I had my pediatrician give me information of Early Intervention services. They were evaluated at home, and the state provided in-home speech and occupational therapy until they were 3. During that time I had both of their hearing testing, and they passed.
I don't mean to scare you, but both of my children ended up being diagnosed autistic--they are high-functioning--verbal, potty trained, and typical in every other way except speech (one has an auditory processing disorder, the other is hyperlexic--both can read, spell, write, and are at or above grade level, but have difficulty understanding written and oral directions--comprehension).
As difficult as it may to think your child has a developmental delay--they earlier you address the issues the better the outcome--and it may turn out to be nothing to worry about! :o)
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:59 AM on Mar. 11, 2009