My Son Doesn T Speak English

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k.p.j.e. - March 8

He is 16 months old and he jabbers constantly, making all kinds of different sounds, but he still isn't talking. He CAN say words like baby, bye-bye, dad, mom, h__lo, but it all sounds garbled and if he wants something, he just points and grunts even if he knows what it is. Is this a really late age to still not be talking? He is very physical. He can walk and run since 8 months, and he can walk up and down stairs now without crawling. Is he all muscle and no brains? :)

 

CyndiG - March 8

LOL! Maybe he's going to b your typical jock??? I just got this mental image of this little jock baby! ROFL! How cute!

 

CyndiG - March 8

that should say, going to BE not b.

 

piratesmermaid - March 8

Aww, all muscle? I've heard/read that boys develop later than girls especially when in regards to language skills. I wouldn't worry too much about it, if he's saying some words. Though if it's really garbled maybe try talking to a speech therapist in case they're something wrong with is tongue? My little brother had that problem. His tongue was too short, so he had to go to speech therapy to learn how to compensate for it.

 

Nerdy Girl - March 8

My 15 month old son only says 4 words. I was wondering the exact same thing as you since my daughter was practically speaking in sentences by this age. Makes me wonder if something is wrong with him.....

 

sahmof3 - March 8

My dd only had a few words when she turned 2.... I was a little worried because my oldest (ds) hadn't spoken until 3 1/2 and even after that he needed speech therapy to help anunciate properly... but anyway, her language just took off not long after she turned 2 and now at age 3 (she just turned 3 in the end of January) she speaks in very clear, complete sentences and has a good handle on vocabulary... so I wouldn't worry at 16 months. You could ask your ped to check his hearing and mouth structures. If they are normal a speech therapist probably wouldn't even consider taking him on at this point since he's well within a normal range of # of words for his age :-) (And as a side note... my oldest son has no speech problems now and was kicked out of speech therapy at age 5 because he was speaking TOO clearly lol, so even some REALLY late bloomers in the speech department can end up at the same level as the other kids their age!.... but I don't think you even need to worry about that at this point).

 

LisaB - March 8

My ds says mama,dada, cat, kitty, dazy (my cats name see a trend) hi, ball and uh-oh does that count. Anyway he babbles and carries on like he knows what hes talking about so he sounds alot like your ds. Boys do take longer but I also just read that late talkers are usually more intelligent so look at it as a possitive. I think by the time they are 18 months they are supposed to have between 5-10 words so hes right on.

 

k.p.j.e. - March 8

Pirates - I have heard the same thing about boys vs. girls actually. Of course since it's MY son, I'm thinking paranoid thoughts about how he's probably the first baby who has ever had this problem lol. Nerdygirl and sahmof3 - thanks for your stories you make me feel better. I just like to hear that other mommys are going through my same situation! :)

 

sahmof3 - March 8

kpje... I know what you mean about when it's "MY" kid. My good friend has a dd only 3 months older than my oldest son and she was speaking in full sentences at 15 months! My son didn't even speak until over 2 FULL YEARS after her dd. Man, I felt like the world's worst mom for some reason... like I should just be reaching in his mouth and pulling words out for him to help him along lol, but he did it in his time ;-) I have learned not to compare my boys to girls their age, because they always come out behind!

 

k.p.j.e. - March 8

Hey guys watch this video my dad sent me it's so funny and cute. It reminds me of my son because he talks like it's a different language but he gestures like he is making a good point. lol. LisaB your story reminded me of this! metacafe.com/watch/384518/the_best_argument

 

k.p.j.e. - March 9

bump

 

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