10-15-2013 01:35 PM
My daughter is 21 months old and she hasn't started talking yet, she doesn't say hi or bye. She's my first child and she's an only child at the moment so I have no clue on how to get her to say actual words and she also doesn't use silverware yet either. HELP!
10-15-2013 04:02 PM
10-15-2013 07:53 PM
I would bring it up to your doctor. She could be a late bloomer and start talking a TON in a few months (lots of kids do) but she might also need some extra help beyond what you can give her. Depending on your area, there are public options through the school districts (some districts and areas obviously have better funding/ programs) and if the doc puts a referral in for your kid they can go on the waitlist and go into ECEAP or other speech therapies, etc through and typically it's at NO cost to you. I have several friends who took this route- one kid just wasn't talking much and needed speech therapy, the other one has fairly significant delays/ aspergers. If your kid is a late bloomer and starts talking up a storm in a few months, you can always pull them off the waitlist, but if she still isn't talking you'll save yourself time having her put on the list sooner.
10-15-2013 08:33 PM
My husband told me he didn't start talking until he was 3 so maybe it's inherited? He told me that he was in speech therapy for stuttering and a lisp I wonder if her's is something like that or maybe she will talk when she wants to, I'll definately ask her ped.
10-20-2013 04:50 PM
10-23-2013 07:08 AM
If you have concerens talk to your PCP about getting a speech or developmental evaluation done. My two boys 3 and 2 don't talk very much. the 2 year is now starting. We have them both in speech therapy and then a month ago I took Michael (3) to a speical needs school for testing to see if he coudl qualify there with them. He did and is starting to talk some but not much. He underestands what we say but can't form the words himself. He is also doing signs that we have had to learn meanings to.
10-28-2013 06:00 AM
Consult your doctor to confirm that it is biologically ok with the child and she is fit. Then I don’t think there is a reason to worry. Some child starts talking late, it’s not unusual.
11-03-2013 02:35 PM
Does your daughter have factors that may delay speaking? Our kids are bilingual. Our older daughter was just starting to talk a little at 2-years old when we moved to my home-country. New environment, new language, new everything, and she basically stopped talking, When she started kindergarted at 3 years old, her speech development just skyrocketed.
Even if there are no obvious factors, your daughter might just be shy or be a late talker. Mention it to the pediatrician at your 2-year appointment, but don't worry too much yet!
My daughter is 30 months and at 13 months she had zero words, no Mama, Dad, Hi, Bye....nothing. We contacted early intervention at 13 months she had her first eval at almost 15 months and started speech therapy through them. The therapist comes to our house and works with her. Would also go to her daycare if she were in daycare. There is no cost to us. It's done thru our county public school system. She now is on track for speech but they are working on her enunciation and pronunciation. I don't recommend waiting. If there is a problem, early intervention is key. She may just be a late bloomer but since there are no medicines, and no pain, and no money from your part I don't see why a wait and see approach is good. they will give you a ton of ways to help her. If there is no problem than she'll just have fun playing with the therapist like my daughter does and you can withdraw her from the program.