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:( Not talking so much Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
23rd Apr '13

My son is nearly 18 months. At his 15 month check up the doctor asked about his speech and what he was saying. Truth is, he wasn't talking much. I mean he was "talking" lots but no real words other than "no."



He has never called me or his dad by mama or dada but if I say mama then he will sometimes repeat it. He does say "uh oh."



I taught him where his nose was and then he would always touch his nose and say it but as soon as I taught him eyes, he stopped saying nose and now only points to his eyes and says "eye."



I have tried to get him to tell me where his nose is and he just won't anymore. He hasn't said it for about a week, he only says "eye" and pokes his eyes or sometimes my eyes.



I don't know how to get him to start talking more. I'm getting super bummed out.

mama1821 Due July 2; 2 kids; Tacoma, Washington 1265 posts
23rd Apr '13

some children just refuse to speak. you can try things like if he wants a drink or a toy or something, make him say a word to get it. he may cry a bit in the beginning but once he realizes that if he says a word and gets what he wants then he may start talking more.

Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
23rd Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting mama1821:</b>" some children just refuse to speak. you can try things like if he wants a drink or a toy or something, ... [snip!] ... cry a bit in the beginning but once he realizes that if he says a word and gets what he wants then he may start talking more."</blockquote>



He does the "uhhh uhhh" and points to whatever he wants. I am going to try that tomorrow; saying juice or drink and asking him to say it. I keep thinking one day he will just start wanting to say more words but that hasn't happened yet. :-/



Also, he has been having seizures and did have an EEG last week. I'm waiting to hear from the dr about the results.



Autism and cp have been brought up as well as epilepsy. My son is SO SMART though. I was hoping he would be talking more by now. Also, his dad and I both work full time so he is at daycare a lot. Could it be that we are not spending enough time showing him how to say things and learn words?

mama1821 Due July 2; 2 kids; Tacoma, Washington 1265 posts
23rd Apr '13
Quoting Heather+Austin:" <blockquote><b>Quoting mama1821:</b>" some children just refuse to speak. you can try ... [snip!] ... time so he is at daycare a lot. Could it be that we are not spending enough time showing him how to say things and learn words?"


if you try my suggestion and it does not work or he gets really frustrated maybe just not trying to get him to talk anymore will get him to talk. i know a kid who was like that until about age 2.5 but he is a totally normal kid with no autism or anything like that.



Im thinking that its just you give him what he wants without the importance of words. If they become important to him, he may start using them. Like if he wants a cookie, make him say cookie or snack or food or whatever word you want him to say. Chances are he is just getting what he wants without having to speak.

mama1821 Due July 2; 2 kids; Tacoma, Washington 1265 posts
23rd Apr '13
Quoting mama1821:" if you try my suggestion and it does not work or he gets really frustrated maybe just not trying to ... [snip!] ... or snack or food or whatever word you want him to say. Chances are he is just getting what he wants without having to speak. "


but still im no specialist and I dont personally know your son. it might be worth it to have him evaluated by a professional. just start with his pediatrician and they will refer you up from there. good luck honey!

Mamakye_ Due October 19; 1 child; Australia 919 posts
23rd Apr '13

I encourage my daughters speech with a lot of singing and fun play.



We sing "head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes" whilst doing the actions.



We also do " eyes and ears, mouth and nose, mouth and nose" again pointing to all the relevant body parts.



Old macdonald's farm is another great song for teaching, dd loves making animals noises.



The more varied the noises you make, the more you encourage different verbal ranges.



I really try not to stress about these sorta things, just have fun, be silly and encourage language through playing.