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I have got a 18 month old who doesnt babble, point or say any words at all... not even mama dada,.. I am worried sick for him and the health visitor has been in touch with speech therapist since he wa… Read More
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
I have got a 18 month old who doesnt babble, point or say any words at all... not even mama dada,.. I am worried sick for him and the health visitor has been in touch with speech therapist since he was 12 months old but havent heard from them yet despite two reminders. I was wondering if private speech therapy sessions would help and how much would they cost? Please help
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months ago
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I would get on the phone and phone your health visitor and if no joy there maybe try and go to the doctor and ask for a referral to a specialist?
My friend is an adult who has speech therapy for a stammer somewhere in London and it is £65 a session.
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hows his hearing?
i would make a bigger fuss to ur health visitor,does ur health visitor seem concerned about his development?
1 Like #3
Try not to worry about it our little fella was 2 1/2 before speaking, he was just lazy, the same with walking he was nearly 2.

Now we wish we could have a mute switch at times, he never shuts up even talks in his sleep.

I hate the concept of a text book child, there is no such thing and they all develop at their own rate, so long as he can hear you and respond to audible stimulus and is capable of making noise I'd say the chances are he will do it in HIS time.


Good luck, and best wishes
Lee
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At this stage I would make sure you get hearing tests sorted out,I'm sure you know that he can hear,but how well is what you need to know.

I wouldn't worry yet speech wise but do keep at them,there is usually a bit of a waiting list for speech therapy,you will wait many mths to be seen for an assessment,and then same again to start any type of sessions.
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My second child.. a girl.. didnt utter her first word until she was over two... tests later showed she was partially deaf... she compensates easily for it now and when she did start to speak did so in full sentences... she now does public speaking for school.

I find the only way her partial deafness affects her that I notice is sometimes she'll turn the "better" ear towards the sound source, so rather than looking at someone when they speak, she'll turn her ear to them, which can be disconcerting for some. it does also alter the way in which she can interpret a situation.

I wouldnt worry overly if your child isnt speaking as yet. 18 months is still very young and all children are different.

Have the health visitor/ GP check her hearing and give her an assessment for any other communication based difficulties... and keep talking to her xxxx
#6
Also if you have older ones,the older ones speak for the younger ones. Both mine were slow speakers,but I always thought my youngest would get there with it,eldest would speak for her,still does.
Most importantly she understood what was being said,and also she was never frustrated as time went on,thats what you need to look out for at this stage that they understanding....mind you toddlers have a mind of their own.
#7
thanks everyone for your kind words... I sure does help when people are not as negative as i am about it. He did have a hearing test in August, hearing in 1 ear was fine but not as good in the other ear. He has one more hearing test awaiting on the 30th of this month. He comes running from the other room if his fave cartoon tune is played so i know he can hear... Its just that it doesnt seem like he understands us. I just hope he is fine....
#8
he is my first...doesnt have any other bros or sisters
#9
sickly sweet
I would get on the phone and phone your health visitor and if no joy there maybe try and go to the doctor and ask for a referral to a specialist?
My friend is an adult who has speech therapy for a stammer somewhere in London and it is £65 a session.


i have already spoken to the health visitor yesterday... i just hope i get some joy and hear from them soon. Also dr has referred him to an educational phsychologist. Can someone shed some light on what an educational phsychologist does?
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momofone
i have already spoken to the health visitor yesterday... i just hope i get some joy and hear from them soon. Also dr has referred him to an educational phsychologist. Can someone shed some light on what an educational phsychologist does?

I think they assess and study behaviour patterns for the age group
1 Like #11
I would just like to echo what others have said! My little boy is now 3, ouldn't say anything till over 2. I was a bit worried and had to pester the health visitor about it, however in the time waiting for referrals and actually seeing the speech therapist he came on tremendously.

The fact he went to a private day nursery also helped. He came on in leaps and bounds, and the staff put him with th 3-5 year olds when he was 30 months ish as those children spoke clearer so he really got better then!

He is tons better now and can string full sentences together when at 30 months could only put 2 words together, he only turned 3 last week! His pronunciation is still off but we have to go back to check his development with speech therapists next month. Keep pestering your health visitors, if there is a problem you child may get a council funded place in a nursery part time which in my experience with my LO really helped, children learn by example!!
1 Like #12
My son (now 24 and extremely intelligent) did not make a sound until he was over 2. Even when he started to speak he struggled with some sounds. He had hearing tests and was on the list for speech therapy but, at that time, they said wait until he is 4 as many speech problems improve by then. He never did have the speech therapy and by age 5 had very good clear speech. I honestly wouldn't worry - but I do know that's easier to say than done!
Also, I echo the comment about nursery - I think going to nursery was instrumental in improving my son's speech. Educational Psychologists assess development so I would guess that your doctor wants a check on your son to ensure that his development is in line with his chronological age in all other ways.
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My friends little boy did the same and she took him to speach therapy which was arranged through her Health Visitor but they tried to teach my friend to talk to him etc it was more about her than him so she stopped going. But then out of no where he started talking and now she cant shut him up, he learnt about 70 words in 1 to 2 weeks. So I wouldnt worry too much as all children are different and unless its a bigger problem then he will talk when hes ready. But just a thought have you checked the piece of skin that attaches his tongue to his mouth, my husbands work colleagues little boy couldnt talk because this was too tight and the docs had to cut it for him and then he began to talk quiet easily.
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harlzter
Try not to worry about it our little fella was 2 1/2 before speaking, he was just lazy, the same with walking he was nearly 2.

Now we wish we could have a mute switch at times, he never shuts up even talks in his sleep.

I hate the concept of a text book child, there is no such thing and they all develop at their own rate, so long as he can hear you and respond to audible stimulus and is capable of making noise I'd say the chances are he will do it in HIS time.


Good luck, and best wishes
Lee


I second this, my 2nd son didn't speak until he was around 26 months, the HV's weren't interested but now he never stops whatever he is doing, whether anyone is listening or not he is chattering away constantly and makes sure everyone knows it

Don't worry too much about the guidelines because that is exactly what they are ...........guidelines not rules.
#15
I just want to say thankyou so much... I just cant thank you guys enough for your comforting words!!
#16
rep left for everybody who responded. thanks
#17
Sounds like you've had lots of good advice here. I teach 2-5 year olds with communication difficulties and would agree with much of what's been said. His understanding is more important than what he can say. Many perfectly "normal" children don't talk until 2 plus. A educational psychologist will observe him play and talk to you about his development and what he can do. They may then suggest activities to assist his future development. Do push your health visitor or GP to refer him for speech therapy because often their waiting lists are long. He may not need it by the time he reaches the top of the list but better to be there just in case! Other people have mentioned nursery but also if you live near a children's centre see what activties they have on offer - ours have musical interaction groups and themed play sessions which are good for language development and the staff there may be able to offer him help as well. In some areas 2 year olds can get a few hours paid for at a private nursery if the health visitor has concerns about their development so it's another thing that may be worth asking about. Good luck, and try not to worry too much. Rebecca x
#18
hi, my little boy is the same he was 18 months and said nothing, i told my health visitor that i wanted his hearing checked a refered to a speech therapist, he was 2 before they would do anything as most kids language skills are fine by the time they are 2, but his was not he wasnt even babbling either so i 2 i told them i wanted to start some speech therapy with huim and i got an appointment in a few months, he is 2 1/2 now and is doing great

have you her of makaton signing? this is what our speech therapist told us to start with it gives you a way to start communicating with your baby, it has been a real help he understands me and i understand him and the words are coming, try the something special with justin he uses makaton, it hard to remember to use it all the time to start with but once you get the hang of it its really helpful, and it wont delay his speech, quite the opposite

you really need to get back on to your health visitor get his hearing checked just incase make them take you seriously fight for your boys health i had to good luck
#19
My younger sister didn't talk until she was three, not a word, then suddenly started talking in sentences....I was walking and talking at 9 months...

She's a doctor now...I'm not!!
#20
Don't worry about it, unless a child is deaf, he/she will speak when they are ready.

Have you ever come across a kid of say 7 or 8 that cannot talk ( other than deaf children)?

Enjoy the peace and quiet.;-)
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Don't worry about it, unless a child is deaf, he/she will speak when they are ready.

Have you ever come across a kid of say 7 or 8 that cannot talk ( other than deaf children)?

Enjoy the peace and quiet.;-)


yes maybe but its still best to get it checked out if she is concerned, you dont want them being teased at school/nursery because their speech is not great:)

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