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Still not talking. user banned
27th Jun '13

My now (almost) 17 month old is still non-verbal. I do not know what to do at all. The pedi cancelled her Speech therapy that was supposed to start at 15 months, and pushed it back till 18 months, before sending in the referral, which will then take about 6 weeks to get into.



We read about 15 books a day. We do flash cards of all sorts. I talk to her none stop all day long. We go out and play I show her everything and telling her what stuff is. And nothing, she wont even try to say anything at all. She just points at stuff and grunts, and makes laughing type sounds, like hahaha and hehehe.



The only thing she does, is knows songs, patty cake, incey wincey spider, old Mcdonald, Row row row your boat etc.....She knows the actions for them all, and she hums the tune of every one of those songs, and she will babble to the tune, but not try and say "real" words.
I know all kids are different etc....and they will do it when ready, but still no words or attempts at 17 months old, hmm sounds iffy to me.



I even went to the library and got some books on speech therapy and been trying that for weeks and nothing.



She is really smart though. She can point to any animal that you ask her from her books and other random pictures. If I ask her to bring me something she will bring it to me. She understands what no means, when I tell her no she will either stop what she is doing or she may whine a bit cause she wants to do it.



She can put a shirt on with little help and can even put her pants on. She can put shoes on by herself. She is halfway to getting her own socks on. She enjoys dress play. Like I said she is really smart in other areas. I cant get in to her pedi till the end of August. So I have no idea how else to try and get her speech going, at lest just 1 word.

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1769 posts
27th Jun '13

She sounds really smart and you are doing everything humanly possible to enrich her language skills. I'd be willing to bet that she will start talking in the near future. Has she said mama or dada or baba or anything?

user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
27th Jun '13

Don't worry so much about it. Kids go at their own pace. DD is 20 months and still isn't talking. She'll babble but no actual words yet. But I'm not worried. DS didn't talk a whole lot at this age either and he's now 3 and I can't get him to shut up, lol.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
27th Jun '13

Work on teaching her signs. She sounds really bright..she should pick up on them pretty fast. Try as I might, I could only get my kids to do a handful of them but it was super helpful.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
27th Jun '13
Quoting orchidlovingmama:" She sounds really smart and you are doing everything humanly possible to enrich her language skills. ... [snip!] ... skills. I'd be willing to bet that she will start talking in the near future. Has she said mama or dada or baba or anything?"


Nope, no mamma or dada, no baba at all, she has not had any words as of yet. Its more like random sounds and grunts and laughter when she babbles. And very light, you can hardly hear her when she is babbling cause its so quiet. Her hearing is fine we have gotten it checked. I don't know, it worries me. lol

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
27th Jun '13
Quoting j0des(+2):" Work on teaching her signs. She sounds really bright..she should pick up on them pretty fast. Try as I might, I could only get my kids to do a handful of them but it was super helpful."



She has been signing since she was 6 months old. And has always done great with it, it took one day for her to pick up 3 signs. She still uses them sometimes, but not as much as she used to. She is really into just pointing at what she wants now, bringing me her empty cup, or getting in to her snack drawer and taking what she wants and bringing it to me.



We been potty training as well, and she goes poop on the potty every day for a week now, and goes in and puts her seat on the toilet. Just not talking.

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1769 posts
27th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting crazy coupon lady:</b>" Nope, no mamma or dada, no baba at all, she has not had any words as of yet. Its more like random sounds ... [snip!] ... her when she is babbling cause its so quiet. Her hearing is fine we have gotten it checked. I don't know, it worries me. lol"</blockquote>




I understand your concern as a mother but I wouldn't worry to much. All of the things you described point to her being very intelligent. She will probably start talking in her own in time, but if she does go to speech therapy they have a lot of experience and will be able to give her that push she needs. The important thing to know is that you are doing a wonderful job as a mother and all of the educational things you are doing with her will set her ahead in the future.

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
27th Jun '13
Quoting Super Kame Vegeta {kkk}:" Don't worry so much about it. Kids go at their own pace. DD is 20 months and still isn't talking. She'll ... [snip!] ... yet. But I'm not worried. DS didn't talk a whole lot at this age either and he's now 3 and I can't get him to shut up, lol. "



See I do worry cause she has a lot of medical issues that could all end up being a factor into her speech. We ruled it out for her walking she only started walking a few weeks ago.



But there are concerns of growth delays, she is almost 17 months, 18lbs and 27 inches long. So the worry is there to add to a pile of other concerns, we see genetics after Christmas for testing, so till then I am left with worries of every little delayed behaviors.

j0des(+2) 18 kids; Virginia 5095 posts
27th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting crazy coupon lady:</b>" She has been signing since she was 6 months old. And has always done great with it, it took one day ... [snip!] ... well, and she goes poop on the potty every day for a week now, and goes in and puts her seat on the toilet. Just not talking."</blockquote>




My 17 month old does the same with snacks and cups even though he is verbal. He doesnt ask, he just kinda grunts and gives it to me. He also just points alot of the time. When he does talk, its very random. I'm telling you this because honestly at this age, there is not much they have to say besides random stuff. The only thing he will actually ask for is to be read to he says "eeeeaad" when he hands you a book.



My oldest was over two before he would talk. He would whisper under his breath and that was about it. Now, a year later, he is never quiet and is at a five year old level. Dont underestimate little smarty pants! She just isnt ready yet..

I♡C&R. 2 kids; Thornton, CO, United States 25153 posts
28th Jun '13

Christopher didn't begin talking until 3yrs old. He had therapy from 20m-24m...that's it...it did nothing. He's fine. I didn't worry. He talks great now and is learning lots in preschool.

blah 17 kids; Alabama 7639 posts
28th Jun '13

is her hearing ok?

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
28th Jun '13
Quoting naturally crunchy:" is her hearing ok?"


Yes, her hearing is fine.
She has some other issues, and we see genetics next year for genetic testing, for growth disorders. I am not sure if her not talking is due to anything with what she may have, or if its just her.
She is really smart. But does not talk at all. She didn't start to babble till well after 6 months old.



I just want to cover all basis and wean out any other cause to this. Hoping its just her, and her growth is just her. But am worried its linked to a genetics thing. kwim?
I try so hard to help her with speech, but all it does is help her memory (not complaining) but some speech would be nice. lol

blah 17 kids; Alabama 7639 posts
30th Jun '13
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" Yes, her hearing is fine. She has some other issues, and we see genetics next year for genetic testing, ... [snip!] ... I try so hard to help her with speech, but all it does is help her memory (not complaining) but some speech would be nice. lol"


sorry you are going thru that, it sucks to worry.



my lo didnt babble until after 7 months old but she talks up a storm now. she is 18 months. she would say words for the longfest time only once then never again. i did everything for her and anticipated her needs alot so i think mine was lazy for awhile. but a coworker told me the same about her child. Not trying to push any views on you but you might want to look into vaccines and if you notice any changes after them.