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Posted by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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I have a question about language development. My son is 26 months and babbles like there is no tomorrow, but hardly says any clear words. We are working with a speech therapist but won't see her until Monday and I am wondering if this is normal? Every kid just develops different right? I am just extremely concerned! Thanks!

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PEEK05
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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The speech therapist should help. :) He won't be in college babbling even with a delay, promise.

jessi2girls
by Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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If you are working with a speech therapist, you likely already had an evaluation or are going to get an evaluation at this meeting.. and they will tell you if there are any other issues to be concerned about..

At 26 months a child should say about 50 words clearly or more, and start putting 2 words together like, "mommy, up".. if not, then yes it is something to be a bit concerned about, but the evaluator can explain if he'll just need speech therapy to help correct this, or if there is something more going on. 

jessi2girls
by Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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Often times, speech therapy is all that's needed.. both of my children are in speech therapy (both for different reasons).. and with a good therapist, you'll see some vast improvements.


RubyTusdae
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Thank you for your input. I guess I just want answers now and hate waiting. They already mentioned a slight possibility for autism but the red flags are very few and they could be just from him not being able to communicate. Our evaluation is on Monday, then I am not sure what is going to happen from there. The therapist said he definitely qualifies for speech therapy and didn't know what else until she talked to others she works with.

Kermitthemom23
by Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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Thats pretty much exactly where my ds was at 26mo too. It took him awhile honestly. 1 year of in home therapy and now finishing up year 2.5 of preschool eith therapy. We niticed big jump from age 3 to 4 and again at about 4.5. Now at just tuened 5 he is doing fantadtic! We have kept his IEP inro K for next year just as a precaution but expect him off of it by midterm next year. Just go with the flow. Work wirh him and he will be fine. Speach delays with no other issues are not uncommom especially with boys they tell me
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SarahSuzyQ
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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Speech therapy was really helpful for us. Try not to be in a hurry for a diagnosis, or to put labels on things... i know my son had a few early indicators for autism, but neither the evaluator nor our family wanted a diagnosis. I'm glald we didn't push for one, as now (2.5 years later), he clearly does not have autism. It was primarily communication-related.

I would just ask as many questions as you have when you receive the results of the evaluation. Don't be afraid to advocate for services if they will help your child, and make sure to participate in the therapies as much as you can... Speech therapy and the like is great, but it has been even more helpful as far as giving me some strategies for how to support my son all the other hours of the week. I love having speech "homework" or things to focus on at home, because there is a great deal of time when we are not in that therapy room.

Best wishes to you!

STVUstudent
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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My oldest daugther (a twin) barely spoke until she was almost 2-1/2.  Her twin brother was carrying on complete conversations.  We had her evaluated at 25 months, and her ped said not to worry until she was 2-1/2, so long as we were talking to her and listening to what she DID say and trying to communicate with her.  Well, at 2 years 5 months, she took off talking... and has not shut up yet.  At 5, he has more than caught up with her peers, even her brother.

SarahSuzyQ
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Is your son still receiving free speech through the school district? How have you already made a determination about IEP for next year?

My son will start K in the fall, but he was bumped out of the school district speech program last spring... Though he still needs and receives private therapy. We are trying to decide what to do as far as next year, whether to ask for an IEP, how to best be ready for K... But our district doesn't even begin working with K parents until after April break. I'd love to hear more about where you are at, since it sounds like we're in a similar place with our boys. :)


Quoting Kermitthemom23:

Thats pretty much exactly where my ds was at 26mo too. It took him awhile honestly. 1 year of in home therapy and now finishing up year 2.5 of preschool eith therapy. We niticed big jump from age 3 to 4 and again at about 4.5. Now at just tuened 5 he is doing fantadtic! We have kept his IEP inro K for next year just as a precaution but expect him off of it by midterm next year. Just go with the flow. Work wirh him and he will be fine. Speach delays with no other issues are not uncommom especially with boys they tell me



TheMommaJessie
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

my son is the same age & babbles a whole lot but says a lot of clear words also but yes kids develop at different rates

Nikkijessie
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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My nephew would talk away but we could barley understand him. he did this untill he was 5. my sister had to take him to a specialist. they told her he needed tubes in his ears because he would always get ear aches and they would drain. it was blocking his ears up to we're he couldn't hear himself. once he got the tubes in he could hear and talk better
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