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Name: unicorn4
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My 2 year old understands what i'm saying to him so i know he can hear but when he tries to talk it comes out all jumbled up. Its almost like it gets lost somewhere between the brain and the mouth. Someone at church suggested i use sign lang. with him im not sure what to do. Any help would be great.
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Name: AmberD | Date: Aug 25th, 2006 9:18 PM
Hi unicorn4, I have been through a similiar situtaion. We found that my 2 1/2 year old at the time had a yeast infection built up in his ears. The only way to tell this is if you have him put to sleep and an ENT looks in his ears. Jacob my son also had a busted ear drum and an infection that built up into his bones on both sides behind the ears. Has your son had a lot of ear infections? Jacob had only had 1 major ear infection and that is it. But 2 years before this happened he did have a cancer scare and was put on antioboitcs alot. Even though he never had cancer, they still don't know what happened. It could also be he is just not ready to fully talk yet. Is he in daycare or around other kids? Sometimes that helps. If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]

Name: Telem | Date: Aug 28th, 2006 9:26 PM
Ignore all comments that accuse your child of being lazy. As long as you know that he understands, do not panic.
Sign language will not harm him if you say and sign the words as the same time. 

Name: mwellm | Date: Aug 30th, 2006 12:08 PM
I can't believe what you wrote. My son is 2 1/2 and barely says anything. He is getting his ears cleaned and having a sedated ABR on Sep 12. I have been praying that this is the key to getting him to talk. He just won't put 2 words together and it is so hard. I worry every day about what is wrong. Can you give me any other details about your child? How was his behavior when he didn't talk? My son's name is Jacob too, how funny! 

Name: rain | Date: Aug 30th, 2006 12:33 PM
You should never teach sign language to a child that may have speech. It will cause the speech to be delayed further. You need an evaluation from a good speech therapist first, before deciding. If they see no hope of speech improvement only then do you move on to sign language. You should see a specialist. 

Name: tweety | Date: Sep 15th, 2006 3:41 AM
my 2 yr old isn;t talking that much either, he says maybe 10-12 words and he hears and understands everything as well even when we are talking to someone else, we can get him to say words every once in a while and he does say new things on his own. i haven't gotten him checked by doctor or anything . i don't know if i would want to try sign lang. with him at this age because then maybe he would get useed to doing that and forget to even try to talk
anyones opinion is apperatied by me too thanks 

Name: Tanya | Date: Sep 15th, 2006 12:31 PM
my three year old doesnt communicate either and goes to a special school where they work with his speech and at night i work with him by saying things and asking him to repeat or holding things up and asking what it is 6 months ago he couldnt say more then two words and now he is starting to say two and three word sentces it takes a little time but he will get there 

Name: mwellm | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:42 AM
Are there any other details you can provide about your child? My son is ready to be evaluated by our school system for speech. I am wondering about behavior issues associated with lack of language. My son has very bad days as far as behavior goes and I am wondering if it is connected.

Name: rugbratmom | Date: Sep 18th, 2006 3:57 AM
I am not sure if this will be much help to you but I wanted to tell you about my son. Your story sounds a lot like the start of my story. At 2 years old the doctor told me that he should have a vocabulary of 50 words and be able to put words together. He had a vocabulary of maybe 10 words that I could understand. Nobody else seemed to understand him though. He was having trouble with vomiting ( but that is a completely different story) and eventually at about 2 1/2 years old we discovered that he had food allergies. I eliminated the allergens from his diet and couldn't believe the change in him. In the next 2 months he went from his 10 word vocabulary to speaking in complete sentances. He is now 5 years old. There are a few phonetic sounds that he still has a little trouble with but for the most part his speech is normal for his age. I have even been told that he has a very large vocabulary for a 5 year old.

I am not saying that your son's speech problem is because of a food allergy but it is just something to keep in mind. 

Name: mommy3 | Date: Sep 23rd, 2006 3:43 AM
I run the nursery at my church with several 2 yr olds and I can't understand half of them. If he is understanding what you are saying to him, then I wouldn't worry about putting words together quite yet. 

Name: bubegirl77 | Date: Sep 27th, 2006 5:06 AM
Hi unicorn4, Both of my sons had the same problem. They would talk jibberish. We got them enrolled with Easter Seals birth to three program. I don' know what state you are in or whether they offer it or not. But i would check with Easter Seals to see if they offer something like this where you live. It is a wonderful program. At first its a lot of paper work and meetings but then once its all over and you have chosen a caseworker. They come to your house is often as the see fit . My oldest son just need speech , but my youngest was able to get speech, development help, and OCT. Then once you child is no longer of age to be with the program the get in touch with the school system and get something set up for you child there. You really should look into this. Good Luck Bubegirl77 

Name: parksmomof4 | Date: Sep 28th, 2006 9:50 PM
I also have a son who will be 2 in Dec. and says only "da" & "pup", everything else is a sound. At our last check-up his ped. was concerned especially because we went thru about 6 mo. on constant ear infections before they put tubes in, so he has severe scar tissue in his left ear and badly scarred in his right. She thinks that he may hear us only "muffled" (like you he understands us) Our first step was a hearing test (thank God that part came out o.k.) The next step is on Mon. he is going to be evaluated by a speech therapist & a behavioral therapist (he has such bad tantrums that are possibly caused by his inability to talk, that's what's really taking a toll on me as a stay at home mom, he's #4 and I've never dealt w/ this before). I have more info. about who we contacted through our state (PA) if you'd like to here's my e-mail address [email protected]
Right now what we were told to do is repeat repeat repeat & make him show some sign as to what he wants. I had a major breakthrough w/ him a couple of weeks ago, when he finally started to shake his head no. Does your son do any of his own special signs for things?? 

Name: parksmomof4 | Date: Oct 6th, 2006 12:16 PM
We had all of our evaluations - he is speech & developmentally delayed (21mo. tested in most areas as 13mo.) From what I know right now the therapist thinks that he may not know how to use his mouth, as far as to form words. They also believe he may have sensory integration (another evaluation shortly for that). Some of his therapy for speech will be to put pictures of things that he typically uses (cup, foods, animals,etc.) on the frig. When he wants something he is to point at what he wants, ask him if he wants____? when he nods yes, take the pic. and put it next to out mouth and repeat the word, so he'll get the idea of pic.__word__sound. Along with this they suggest some signs, different hand motions for: more, up, bird, etc. Hope this helps. 

Name: RowanStar79 | Date: Oct 11th, 2006 1:55 AM
There are serveral things that could or couldn't be happening, there is always the fact that he might just not want to speak yet. Everyone starts at thier own rate. It could be anyone of the things mentioned by others, the best thing to do would be to bring it up to a doctor. They ca 

Name: RowanStar79 | Date: Oct 11th, 2006 2:02 AM
Sorry computer submitted before I was done :).There are serveral things that could or couldn't be happening, there is always the fact that he might just not want to speak yet. Everyone starts at thier own rate. It could be anyone of the things mentioned by others, the best thing to do would be to bring it up to a doctor. They can do test to find out exactly what is going on. In my family none of us speak and were all considered "late bloomers", turns out that slight autism runs in my family. So like I said it's different for everyone. If you have any questions feel free to ask :). 

Name: JAB | Date: Oct 23rd, 2006 3:38 AM
Please email me at [email protected] if you would like information about something that is offering great help to children like yours. 

Name: NCmom | Date: Dec 20th, 2006 8:34 PM
im also having the same problems with my son. i've even taking him to speech therapy and got his hearing tested. he just turned 2 this month. i quit therapy bc honestly, it was a waste of time. i'm at home with him now so what's the use?? the only thing she done was take him into her office and play with him and try to get him to say words. the same thing i do at home. the hearing came out fine, but since he s so young they done a pass/fail test on him. he can say about 3 simple words and understand exactly what your saying to him. but he can also say "whatca doin" , "megan" , "backpack", and "map". so why can't he say the simple ones? i know exactly what your talking about. i've just learned that he'll talk when he gets ready. they also say that little boys are a little slow at catching on to things than little girls. 

Name: tweety | Date: Dec 21st, 2006 4:55 AM
hi everyone i haven't been on in a while but i was just wondering if anyones 2 yr old started talk more yet,?

unicorn4 did u use sign lang. just wondering my son is starting to talk alot more we just stop giveing him things intill he either said it by himself or repeated after we said it he seems to be saying more now .

hope everything is better for everyone else too 

Name: onlinedizzy | Date: Dec 21st, 2006 7:07 AM
Ncmom, thats what a speech therapist does. At 2 it is normal to play games and get out toys to get the child to request and name things. The idea is to make it enjoyable so the child cooperates. Speech won't happen after just a few sessions. Speech therapy was the best thing I did for my son- he turned out to have autism. I agree with lidalu about not using sign language just yet, her advice on how to try and get the child to say the word is what I was taught to do for my kids. Take the child to a pediatrician, he could have a developmental delay or he could be just fine. If something is wrong early intervention is important. Sometimes my daughter who is 5 , also autistic, and has very little langauge, can say words or the odd sentance when she is very relaxed or very upset. Speech is a very complicated thing. 

Name: anonymous speaker | Date: Dec 28th, 2007 1:32 AM
I'm 13 years old and I think I might have a yeast infection. My vagina is constantly itching and it burns. I can't sit still for more than two minutes. I dont want to tell my mom because she isn't the type of mom that cares about her kids. If I tell her she'll just tell me to put some lotion on it or something like that. I cant take the pain and the itchyness anymore, I'm in so much pain that I cant even walk the right the way I walk like a penguin with my legs open. I dont know what to do any more. I found out on Saturday that I have it and it's Thursday today. I read that it's a life threating thing and I'm really scared, I don't know what to do. Can sombody please give me some advice, please? 

Name: vaidehi | Date: Jul 17th, 2008 1:03 PM
my son is 2 yrs 6 months old he speaks 5-6 words as well he is a angry guy 

Name: Mommyof3girls | Date: Sep 11th, 2008 2:57 AM
I'm new to this. I was looking for someone with my problem in general. My 18 month old is not talking either. She is also not walking good. She is very unsteady and falls alot. I think that the two are connected some how - like her ears but her dr. just dismisses me. He tells me her ears are clear so there isn't a problem there. She only says about 5 words. The ECI person is pushing me to use sign language with her but I'm hesitant. She can hear me just fine, follow my directions or react when I ask her a question (not by talking though). She hasn't been diagnosed with anything except for mis-aligned eyes. I am rambling but it's stressing me not to have answers to why she isn't doing the things she's supposed to. I didn't have these problems with my other two. 

Name: Kelly | Date: Sep 16th, 2008 4:02 AM
I completely disagree with the majority take on sign language. It will only HELP your child, because it will allow him to express himself in SOME way until his is able to be understood (that is why it is strongly urged that infants are taught sign language..to bridge the gap between them knowing what they want and being able to tell you verbally. They know long before they can actually say it.

If you teach your child sign language, you will be giving him a gift and decreasing his frustration level (and he'll be one heck of lot more agreeable)

We did this with BOTH of our kids with great results. (even with the one who's speech delayed).

Good luck 

Name: Seans Mom | Date: Oct 4th, 2008 4:07 AM
We just took our 18 month old son to the Doctor on Tuesday to fond out that we qualify for the first steps program in Indiana. He just turned 18 months old on the 1st of October. He can't say anything but "Daddy" he has actually said "kiss" "kitty" Mom mom a long time ago and he says very infrequently Sissy Zachary and Pap pap but it comes out bapbap he says alot of this ddddd ddddddd dddd to communicate. I am so upset and want to cry about thinking my baby has a delayed speech problem. When my now 12 year old daughter was 18 months she was reciting the alphabet counting to 15 and logging on to the computer to play her sesame street games. If goes near the computer look out! He understands everything we say to him EVERYTHING and he even goes as far to put my shoes away when I come home from work. That I don't have to ask. My husband and I stay at home with him i work 1 shift and he another and we take him everywhere with us. We have a "family" dinner every Sunday with the in-laws and he ha 1 cousin and his sister to play with. All they say is something is wrong with him he should be taking by now and it makes me so mad. He had eye surgery at 13 months to correct lazy eye and now next friday he has to have testicular surgery. His scrotum is enlarged on the right side. All this happenoing before he is two. I feel so bad!! What do you say?? What should I do?? 

Name: louise | Date: Oct 23rd, 2008 5:13 AM
My daughter is 3 and talks up a storm at home, but she has been going to daycare pt for 2 months and doesn't communicate with the kids. The teacher says she wants to play with them and approaches and the kids want to play with her but for some reason she doesn't vocalize her desires. She is not delayed in any other areas we are very worried - has anyone had a similar situation? 

Name: Feli | Date: Oct 27th, 2008 7:15 PM
hi we tried sign language and it worked great you dont have to use standard one you can see what the standard sign are and invent on it! just make sure to use them daily and repeat them a lot in the begining :) just use them as you speak too and dont force him to use them he will pick up on it ! 

Name: Theresa | Date: Oct 28th, 2008 4:53 PM
my son is 18 months old and he does not talk at all he says babababa when he wants to and thats as far as it goes he will raise his hands up to be picked up but does not point or gesture to other things he gets excited when he sees me and he lights up so he starts flapping his hands and he does this alot when he watched his favorite show and walks to the tv on his toes while he flapps .. his hearing is fine but he does not listen when we call his name or ask him to bring us anything but if hes in another room and hears his favorite show he comes running.. im just concerned because he shows signs of autism but then again he is very loving to me and his dad but thats as far as it goes .. just need some input thanks 

Name: JennySLP | Date: Oct 29th, 2008 3:16 AM
Hi everyone, I am a speech-language pathologist and I work with children from ages 2-12. I see there are many questions on this board, some new, some old. Regarding teaching your child sign language, I would encourage this for any child whether they have typically developing speech/language or not. Studies have shown that teaching you child sign language will help promote language skills, especially vocabulary. Look for baby sign language DVDs or google kindersigns to have a professional teach you how to sign to your baby.

Regarding hearing and ear infections-this can impact a child's speech and language if the ear infections were frequent or prolonged. If you have any suspicion that your child may have hearing difficulties I would highly suggest seeing an audiologist to have your child's hearing formally evaluated.

By age 2, most children should be producing approximately 200 words and putting 2 words together. I would strongly encourage having your child assessed by a speech-language pathologist to determine if your child has a possible language delay.

Finally, I encourage everyone to visit the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website to find more information. You can also find local professionals in your area. www.asha.org

Thanks and best of luck! 

Name: JennySLP | Date: Oct 29th, 2008 3:27 AM
Theresa-Please feel free to email to discuss your child if you would like. jlckrcjr @ yahoo.com 

Name: Marlyn | Date: Feb 24th, 2009 3:35 AM
I am very afraid I see my 2 1/2 daughter and she doesnt talk 

Name: in need of help too | Date: Mar 9th, 2009 11:27 PM
I am a grandmother of a 4 year old baby girl who doesnt walk and is now just lerning to talk , Ifeel evcery thing take s time and the power of pra works so just pray. My ganddaughter is home on life support and I am just blessed that she is still with us. Now is ther anyone out there who can help me my granddaughteris in need of a van does anyone know how she can get one dnated to her? [email protected] 

Name: Heather J | Date: Mar 18th, 2009 12:57 AM
My son is the same way. He is so smart. He points and understands what I say but he speaks his own language. 

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