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Why isn' t my Two and a half year old talking yet? Any Advice?

My 2/ half year old is still not talking, He communicates by screaming or giving you his cup when he wants something, he normally does things on his own but won't say words to get what he wants. When he gets mad he screams, At first we thought it was a hearing problem but he can hear a bag rustle from two or one room away. A whisper2feet away. He says momma when he wants, Dada, several words like cup, juice, dog, cat, no etc etc etc but isn't saying small sentences or even trying to talk like other kids his age. Other then his verbal skills he seems to be at his milestones with walking, jumping, singing (jibber jabber) Maybe it's the terrible twos? Recently he's been banging his head when he gets frustrated or angry when we tell him NO. I'm beginning to get scared but at the same time he is our only child, never around other children near his age, we never talked baby talk or in a baby voice. Should I get him speech therapy?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:26 PM on Jan. 1, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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Answers (5)
  • My pediatrician wasn't worried about it. She said his comprehension skills were wonderful. I tried everything, rewards,incentive, not giving him what he wants unless he talks. Nothing works, My 11 mo speaks more than him! I'm thinking the speech therapy is going to go in effect for my boy. I just feel better.

    Answer by Steff107 at 9:42 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • Some children do this if they do not have to talk. I would suggest taking him to his doctor for a check up and explain your concerns with his doctor. All children develop at different paces. My own son was talking in complete sentences before he was a year old, but my newphew will be 3 this month and just started talking complete sentences a few months ago.

    Answer by ronjwake at 9:30 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • My brother didn't talk until he was 3 and was doing the same things as you just described. There is nothing wrong with your boy. It's just the pressure of the society what you are experiencing.

    Answer by cristinaberger at 9:33 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • He sounds exactly like my son, same age and all. His doctor suggested we call early intervention and he's now in speech therapy. He's been at it for 6 weeks and he's just now warming up to the therapist and he still is making progress. Speak to his doctor as soon as you can and they'll probably suggest therapy. It'll help. Good luck with everything.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • My grandson was like that & I asked if he could hear. Sure enough he needed surgery on his ears and now he's fine.

    Answer by admckenzie at 9:40 PM on Jan. 1, 2010