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Toddlers and speech

How do you work with a toddler and their speech when they will only say what they want, when they want? Our toddler is behind in speech and is almost 2 1/2 (he was a preemie, but still). He only says a few words. The rest is babble which to him means a lot. LOL! I don't know what to do that won't exhaust both of us.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Mar. 5, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter doesn't talk much and she is nearly 2, her pedi said he isn't worried because she understands everything. He also said he has seen kids from birth that by age 5 they still don't talk much, but they understand everything

    Answer by Xandriasmommy at 8:01 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • reading helps alot, also make sure when he wants something try to get him to say the word.

    Answer by piwife at 2:53 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • we had a preemie, 32 weeks, and he didn't talk much until he was almost 3! his speech is just fine now. i think he just held stuff in for a looong time. but he wasn't babbling either...what did you ped say?

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 3:17 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • Have him evaluated by early intervention. They will get him into speech therapy and the therapist will be able to give you a list of ideas based on your particular situation.

    Answer by missanc at 3:49 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • We do try to get him to say things whenever he wants it. He'll say more, drink, please, etc. But it's limited. I'm trying to get him to say "More drink please" , all together, which is a struggle. He loves reading but even Thumper is poo poo. Not sure where he got that but he refuses to say the words. His Pedi recommended early intervention which he's been getting that for a year now . They don't do much with him. He seems like their company best. =)

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:32 PM on Mar. 5, 2010

  • By the way, thank you happy2bmom25 for sharing that about your preemie. That helps me feel a bit better!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on Mar. 5, 2010