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Does anyone have an 18th month old who doesn't talk??

my daughter knows at least 30 words, but cannot speak in sentences and does not use them frequently...nor does she say them correctly yet...for example, water is ''wa" and bath is "ba". anyone else have kids this age not talking?

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Asked by acetrap at 9:31 PM on May. 30, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter was the same way, I got her started with speech therapy. Talk to your pediatrician. ask for a referral to speech therapy. Have her ears checked to make sure she doesnt have any problems there. Frequent ear infections can cause scar tissue and damage. 4 ear inections in a year is a cause for pe tubes to be inserted. DD is about to be 3 and is doing wonderful. Its a long process but the progress she makes is mind blowing.

    Answer by Zarviemom19 at 9:36 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • yeah, thats about how my son was at 18 months, he's now almost 21 months and has JUST started talking more. Its normal. I was really concerned too, but he just didnt feel like talking. Now he talks a lot more, but still has to be prompted. As in would you like this? if he makes a noise, we tell him "say yes" and he'll say yes.

    kids are funny, one day things just click.

    Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 9:36 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • I used flash cards, I bought at wal mart, id sit down with her, she learned the picutes and say the animals or shapes.
    She had constant ear infection, we got her into speach therpy and at one oint they were teaching her sign language.
    Have her checked my her doctor and have a hearing test.

    Answer by SassySue123 at 9:40 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • I would like to add, my son had A LOT of ear infections his first year, due to allergies. By the time he was 18 months they had cleared up. He just didnt WANT to talk yet. We read a lot and that has helped, but I did speak with his dr and there was nothing deemed abnormal, he just started talking more on his own terms.

    Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 9:42 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • her hearing is fine, she comprehends EVERYTHING we tell her. if i tell her to get her socks, she gets them...bring her brothers binky, she gets it, and so on. no ear infections. my docotor said that by 21 months if she isnt saying small sentences then we need to get a consult. your daughter speaking at a normal level now?

    Comment by acetrap (original poster) at 9:43 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • OP- thats how my son was and still kind of is. He's not speaking in small sentences yet, but he's getting a lot closer. I would just keep working on it, conversations, asking questions.

    Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 9:47 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • Not completely, I know SHE KNOWS what she wants and how to ask but she's just stubborn. She has really good comprehesion skills and can learn and has learned alot. I used flash cards along with your baby can read, blocks, dry erase boards. anything to prompt her and get her learning.

    Answer by Zarviemom19 at 9:51 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • My son was the same way. He could comprehend everything we said, follow directions, connect words to objects... he just couldn't (or should I say, wouldn't) talk. Around 2 his vocabulary really exploded and it seemed like he had just been sitting back perfecting his words before he would use them. I wouldn't worry. It's a pretty normal thing.

    Answer by fireeyes81 at 10:02 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • Mine says about 20 words? Maybe? And they def. aren't clear. She still calls EVERYONE "Ma!" when she wants attention... and her first "word" was "wuzzat?" so I guess that's a phrase, but it's all blurred together lol...

    I think your baby sounds like he's doing fine- as long as he's communicating, he's doing well! My doc said they tend to plateau, then go up, then plateau, etc... as they are learning. I wouldn't be too worried! Heck mine's not even walking yet!

    Answer by livn4hevn at 10:41 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • When DD was 18 months, all she said was Agua (water) and Mama. Nothing more. Like your child, she would bring you anything you asked for, so she heard and understood right. The ped determined she was too spoiled at home, what with the grandparents giving her almost playing charades with her trying to give her what she wanted without her even pointing at it! We put her in a half-day daycare and told them about the problems. They pretended not to understand anything unless she talked... 3 months later, the problem was getting her to shut up! LOL!

    Answer by Belovedmoonpixi at 1:49 AM on May. 31, 2011

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