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Old 11-20-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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My 20 month old daughter is not saying alot. Do I need to be concerned? My family is concerened. She just says uh or points to what she wants. Should I be worried because she isnt communcating like other children her age. She may need speach therapy but I am not sure. Can you help me to know what I should do to help her out?

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Old 11-26-2007, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: speach therapy


Try teaching her the name of the item she's pointing to. Let's say she wants milk. Point to it and say "milk", tell her to say "milk". Repeat several times until she tries to say the word. It may be that she hasn't had to talk because she gets what she wants by just pointing and grunting. My middle son was that way because his older brother would talk for him. Give it a try for a while and be consistant. Don't give her things unless she tries to say the name. Be sure to tell her the name of the item and repeat it until she gets it. When she tries to say the word give her lots of praise. Never yell at her for not saying the word, just be encouraging. If she's still not trying to talk in a few months then ask her pediatrician if there might be a problem. Try not to worry.

Old 01-10-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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Re: speach therapy

Check with your local elementary school, they may be provide testing for speech. Also check into any early childhood special education programs that can help you or refer you to someone that can help you.

Old 05-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: speech therapy

Hi, i would like to repeat RudiRaven's advice. I took my son for his 2 year check up in January and the health visitor said he may need speech lessons as he wasn't talking much, and what he could say wasn't very clear. Since then he is talking a lot more and clearer. I find that he has 'spurts' where all of a sudden he will say lots of new words. He also started nursery a few hours a week which i think has helped as he is interacting with other children his age. If your child has a dummy (soother?) during the day this may be delaying speech as they are too content on sucking to speak, especially if they automatically get what they want without having to ask for it!!!!

Old 10-06-2008, 06:38 PM   #5
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Re: speech therapy

I have a Grandson that will be 3 in February. He is not talking. We were all very concerned. He has been tested for Autism but has been found not to have it. He seems to be in the range of children his age in everything but speech. He is receiving speech therapy and is also enrolled in a developmental preschool. We started noticing that everything he did, he did up close. He almost had his nose on the television when watching it, (this had not always been the case, earlier he didn't seem interested in television at all) he would not sit and let us read to him. If he had a new toy, he would examine it closely for a long time before playing with it for the first time. One day I noticed him walk over to the television and run his fingers along the buttons on the bottom. When his fingers hit the biggest button he smiled and pushed it to turn the television on. We started wondering about his eye sight. My daughter made an appointment with an eye doctor and that doctor referred him to a pediatric eye specialist. Well come to find out, he has a vision problem. They have determined that he can not see much beyond 6 inches past his nose but then can see again about 6 feet away. The specialist thinks this may have a lot to do with his speech delay. If he can not see you clearly to see you forming words or can not see the item you are holding or pointing to then he is not going to learn. He now is wearing glasses (looking adorable!) and seems to be starting to catch on. He will continue with the speech therapist and the developmental preschool and everyone is working together in hopes of him catching up.
Sorry for this long post but I hope it may help someone out there!

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