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eel27 Posts: 153
Just looking for some opinions on this one. I had my little man in Temple street about a month and a 1/2 ago with a viral chest infection. He's fine now thank god. Anyway the doctor who was seeing him said hat she was very concerned that he isn't talking yet. I've since got a letter referring me to a speech and language specialist when an appointment comes available. He is very bright in every other way, his hearing is perfect, he understands what we are saying and can point at things if u ask him etc, but he has no words. He says the usual dadada, babababa and tatatata, but thats about the height of it. Should I be worried at this stage?? He took ages to walk too but when he got the hang of it there was absolutely no stopping him!!! Just looking for a few opinions on this one. Thanks a mill Eel27 P.S I've also jsut found out that I am about 6 weeks pregnant with number 2 so I am absilutely thrilled with that!!!Fit to burst tho that I can't tell anyone!!!! :babydust: :stork:
alton Posts: 3077
I have no idea when to panic about the talking. My little man isn't talking yet (19 months) but like yours, sems fine otherwise and understands loads. But CONGRATULATIONS on your little bean. Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months
red_rubies Posts: 2424
Hey, no experience of this (yet!) but I use this website & find it quite informative. This link might help you. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/toddler/dev ... id=4972922 Huge congrats on your little bean! :o)ll
SGirl Posts: 2542
[quote="red_rubies":1orvxl30]Hey, no experience of this (yet!) but I use this website & find it quite informative. This link might help you. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/toddler/dev ... id=4972922 Huge congrats on your little bean! :o)ll[/quote:1orvxl30] Great link!
walkingwollie Posts: 3344
Don't worry but do go to the appointment with the Speech and Language Therapist. They will just ask some questions, play with him a bit, maybe look at some books or do some structured tasks and may give you some tips to support your LO in getting those first words. You'll probably see if you look online at links about first words etc that it is a wee bit delayed to not have a first word at 2 which is why you are being asked to check it out. The types of things you might be asked to do to help your LO develop those first words are very straightforward e.g. *singing lots of nursery rhymes together * talking about what your LO is doing using short, simple sentences * keeping favourite things out of arms' reach so your LO has to communicate to get them * giving choices e.g. do you want APPLE or ORANGE? (while holding the two things up) and then modelling e.g. ORANGE when they reach for the orange *hiding a favourite toy under a blanket and then playing peekaboo and saying 'Hello!' to the toy * playing with a toy your LO needs you to operate, saying ready, steady go and when your LO has done this many times and is very excited when you do it, delaying the 'go' so saying ready, steady.... and waiting for a noise etc. *giving your LO a favourite food a little bit at a time and when they look for more saying the name of the food or 'more' *using some signs (the same that people would use for baby sign - there are lots of books available). A book many parents find helpful is: Baby Talk by Sally Ward http://www.amazon.co.uk/BabyTalk-Sally- ... 0712680985 A small number of children will need some additional support to get things going with reference to speech and language, and an even smaller number still will need a bit more support than that. To give you an idea, about 10 out of every 100 children have some sort of 'delay', about 6 in 100 go on to need a bit of support to get going with talking but only 1 in 100 needs ongoing support. Or to put it another way, of the 10 kids out of a 100 who are delayed in talking, nine of them will be fine. Congrats on the new bean! Have a great nine months... and seriously, don't worry!
mamajo Posts: 4
I was worried about my little boy at that age as he too only said mama, dada etc. He is now 2 and never shuts up! He copies everything I say! He can count to 10 in 2 languages. Don't worry, it means nothing. I'm actually quite surprised at the doctor, seems very out of touch.
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walkingwollie Posts: 3344
[quote="mamajo":2o46uvnm]I was worried about my little boy at that age as he too only said mama, dada etc. He is now 2 and never shuts up! He copies everything I say! He can count to 10 in 2 languages. Don't worry, it means nothing. I'm actually quite surprised at the doctor, seems very out of touch.[/quote:2o46uvnm] Mamajo, If you have a look at my post above, 10 in 100 children are talking later than expected at this age. However, as 6 of those 100 may need help to get going and 1 of those 100 may need ongoing help, it is recommended they get checked out. Many different things can contribute to speech and language delay. The majority of the time it is just individual difference and a child will go on to have perfect speech and language skills as happened with your LO. However, this is not always the case, so it's worth having a look at it. The doctor is not out of touch, they are acting on best evidence and practice. They will have made the referral based on seeing eel27's LO and taking into account his history etc. If you had ongoing headaches, your doctor might refer you for an MRI to make sure it wasn't something more serious. In many cases, it would turn out to be 'just one of those things'. We all have cervical smears on the off-chance that we might have cancerous cells. Many of us have had colposcopies and the vast majority of us will never develop cervical cancer. The doctor is doing the right thing here for eel27's child.
eel27 Posts: 153
Thanks girls for all the good wishes!! Going to my GP today after work to confirm things!! Mrs Bean thank you so so much for all that information, that gave me a really good idea of what we're dealing with and I will definitely be taking up your advice and making more of an effort to get his speech going. Maybe we might have a break through before we actually get the appointment!!! Anyway thanks a mill O-O EEl27
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