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Our son does not talk as yet. He can say dada and baba (for mum) and no but that's about it...we have been trying to teach him to say hello and wave and bye bye but nothing..he definately can understand us but doesn't seem interested in talking. His 18 month old injection is coming up so I will also get his hearing checked but am wandering if anybody else has had this experience and how it has turned out? We don't have much family for support or other families with young ones....thank you for your help
Our son is just off 17 months old and he only says mum and dad. He can make lots of animal noises but that's about it. I'm not worried about his development at all. None of the other children his age (most are 18 months) that we socialise with can speak any more than he does. There is lots of pointing and they understand instructions, but unfortunately they are at the age where they get so terribly frustrated as they can understand but can't express themselves yet.
Roll on when DS can talk a little more and hopefully the frustration tantrums will stop! smile







My DS is almost 18 months, and he can say hi, dad, and a few different animal noises. He can wave and blow kisses sometimes. But that's it! I'm not worried at all, he seems really normal to me.



Same here. 15 months and pretty much everything is dada. The occasional mama and the occasional attempt at Lilah (yiyah), the occasional 'no'. Oh, she can say 'eye' weirdly enough.
She babbles away and makes good sounds so I'm happy. Her babble is so conversational that One day I swear all the baby talk she comes out with will miraculously, overnight be real words.

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Your experiences have really helped me not be so anxious! All I seem to do is worry all the time and not having friends with young children or family support does not help - internet searches seem to make it worse!!
i keep thinking that it may be something I am not doing. I believe he is a little thinker not so much a talker but I don't want my bias to make me overlook any possible problems (if that makes sense)
When I did my sons 18 month check up I queried about his speech as I felt as if it wasn't developed enough. The CHN gave me a printout of what to expect in a child's speech in the first 5 years. When we looked at it, we decided he was ok (he was only 18 months and they say it's not til after 2 when they 'should' start stringing a few words together. Now though, at over 3 years of age, we've been referred to see a speech pathologist to help more with his pronounciation of words. My son is fairly quiet & shy especially around people he doesn't know too well, so he doesn't talk heaps, really he doesn't talk heaps around us like some kids just chatter chatter chatter. But, we know DS is not stupid, is quite clever really in a lot of ways, knows a lot of stuff, it's just he can't pronounce things correctly.

Part of the sheet printout I was given says:

Many parents wonder if children's language and listening skills are developing normally. While individual children develop their talking and listening skills at different rates, there is a general pattern to children's language development.

By the age of one, your baby should be able to:
respond to familiar sounds, such as the telephone ringing, the vacuum cleaner, or the car in the driveway
understand simple commands, such as no
recognise their own name
understand the names of familiar objects or people
say dad, mumma and a few other words
enjoy songs, music & books
try to make familiar sounds, such as car and animal noises

By the age of two, your toddler should be able to:
say the names of simple body parts, such as nose or tummy
listen to stories and say the names of pictures
understand simple sentences, such as "where's your shoe"
use more than fifty words, such as no, gone, mine, teddy
talk to themselves or their toys during play
sing simple songs, such as twinkle twinkle, or baa baa black sheep
use some pronouns instead of names, such as he, it.

So because your child is 18 months in general I guess he won't be up to the 2 year old stuff yet, but that was given to me as a guide line. It definitely doesn't hurt to ask your CHN, especially if they are known to be helpful. DS has just had his hearing checked & that is all fine, but I was concerned that he did have a problem because of multiple ear infections when he was younger and the way he pronounced things.

I hope this may help a little - and sorry it's such a long post. smile Good luck, while he does sound fine on what you have written, remember a mum always knows best. smile
My DS didn't start proper talking until close to his 2nd birthday. By 18 months he could say a few single words and certainly understood most of what was said to him.
Don't be worried, at this age they are just soaking it all up. When you learn a language you always understand the language well before you can speak it. It just take a lot of time (and loads of repetition!) before they are able to try and say the words as well. You can help encourage his speech development by looking at picture books together and sounding out the words.
My DS is 26 months old now and just in the last 2 weeks has become a proper little chatterbox, talking non stop! Enjoy the quiet while you can because once they start they never shut up smile
18 months is too early to tell if he has a problem or not. When you get his needles Check with your GP. As you say get his hearing tested but even at that age it is difficult to do a proper hearing test. One of my twins had to do speech therapy. Even with speech therapy they usually won't start till they are at least three and depends on the child. It takes a lot of effort to get a three year old to do speech therapy. One of my boys did a heap of it and his speech improved but I think it would have improved anyway. Just give him time. Make sure that you talk to him each day and do lots of reading and pointing to pictures etc so you know that he understands.

Good luck.


Mich0813 wrote:
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Our son does not talk as yet. He can say dada and baba (for mum) and no but that's about it...we have been trying to teach him to say hello and wave and bye bye but nothing..he definately can understand us but doesn't seem interested in talking. His 18 month old injection is coming up so I will also get his hearing checked but am wandering if anybody else has had this experience and how it has turned out? We don't ha ve much family for support or other families with young ones....thank you fo r your help


Hi my ds was diagnosed with a severe speech & language delay. At 6 months he said 1 word. Around 15 months he could say a few words. At 18 months he stopped talking. By about 22 months I had him on a waiting list for speech therapy at community health. We waited almost a year & were still waiting. Plus we found out it was going to be group sessions. I then decided to get private speech therapy lessons which were one on one sessions. We did this for about 6 -8 months. The speech therapist then advised us we should put him in a SEDU school. This is a Special Education Development Unit. He has been there now for almost a couple of years & his speech has really developed. I feel my ds got more benefit from going to SEDU (these are attached to public primary schools, its all free). than when he was having his one on one speech lessons with the therapist.




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