Posted in Milestones & Development, Toddlers

Daughter doesn’t talk yet, need advice.

Anonymous

Hi Everyone, I have a 21 (almost 22 month old) daughter and she does not speak whatsoever. She babbles here and there, points to something she wants while making noises for me to grab it for her. She points to her body parts or people or things when I ask where they are. (i.e “where’s your nose?”, “Where is mommy?”, “Where is the tree?”) She refuses say any words and I have enrolled her in Early Start, and they say her speech and language development is where an 11 month old would be, but in all other areas she excelled. Every day, we go over what the names of certain items, animals, people, places. You name it. We practice all the time and feel like there is no progress being made. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • DeAnn
    Dec 03

    Try not to stress and drill her all the time when my son was 18 months he was hardly talking and now a little over a year later he's is ahead of where he should be all I did was when he was playing I would name things like animals and letters and numbers colors but didn't try or expect him to repeat me and one day he just started pointing to things and saying there names

  • Ferguson
    Dec 03

    My 23 month( almost two year old) daughter is exactly the same. We schedule an appointment with her pediatrician who recommended waiting until she was three to take any measures, saying she is still developing. We have cut out “screen time” which has helped drastically in a short amount of time. I hope this helps ease your mind.

  • Brittney
    Dec 03

    All 3 of my children have been slow to start talking. A big issue was that their grandparents were quick to talk for them but eventually my older two just started talking in full sentences and now they won't stop! My current youngest (22 months) babbles A LOT, and can say a few words, but for the most part she just talks in nonsense. Her pediatrician said that every child is different and in many cases, they know the words, they just wait until they feel like talking. She also said that there's no cause for concern until around 3 (like they said above), and that anyone who tries to push a negative diagnosis at this age is generally jumping the gun. I truly think that kids are soooo much smarter than they let on, and that it just takes time for them to feel comfortable enough to show you. Try to not stress too much, and just give your little one all your support. It will all be okay!! :)

  • Katie
    Dec 03

    Both of my boys have been slow to talk. My oldest (almost 5) was a micropreemie and was automatically qualified for EI. He started speech at 22mo and is doing wonderful now. Getting him to stop talking is the issue now lol. My youngest was term (will be 3 in March), but I felt he needed additional help as well. I had Early Intervention evaluate him and he qualified for speech. He will be starting preschool next year. EI has been absolutely wonderful! They ‘age out’ at 3 years of age, but are helping with the transition to pre-k. I hope this helps 😊

  • Blake
    Dec 03

    I would talk to her dr. About that to make sure there's no hidden issues you may not be aware of .. Other than that, flash cards are very helpful!

  • Stephanie
    Dec 03

    My daughter is 3 and she is just now starting to say more things she's been saying words here and there since about 15 months maybe a little later ... I got her in speech therapy and it's been the best thing for her.. I've done everything they've said also read up on so many things. Have had people mention autism but I know it's not that she just well talk when she wants to... I have flash cards from the speech therapist and they've been a huge help... her daycare also has been a help but mostly getting her into speech therapy has been a blessing for us ... but don't stress so much your girl well talk when she wants to 😁 not every kid talks at the same time..

  • Amy
    Dec 04

    My son is a little over 2 and he is in speech therapy. He was very similar, with some odd quirks. Speech therapy is the literal best! And everybody from the Target cashier to my immediate family told me that either it was something I was or wasn’t doing (read to him! I do. Talk to him! I do.) or that he was “stubborn” or “spoiled.” From the minute speech therapy started all the pressure was eased. My son has apraxia and actually needs the therapy to learn. We were encouraged to work on signs to ease frustration... we also use pictures. Our household is so happy and pleasant since we started getting him tools to communicate, and he absolutely loves his speech therapist! Early intervention is free in my state... maybe check out what options are available to you? Where I live it only lasts until 3 so we’re encouraged to use the program as early as we can in the second year.

  • Amy
    Dec 04

    Also just want to say that I was also really reluctant to get him into the therapy... thinking it would label him early, when I know how bright and quick he is. But speech therapy isn’t at all like that. It isn’t a label at all, kids around two are just so darn smart that it’s easy to correct a minor issue before school or a behavioral issue can compound things. Kids who can’t talk yet can get really frustrated! Speech therapy didn’t label him, just said, hey this is going to be a little hard and we’re going to help you guys get through it. Honestly I had to even pull the word apraxia out of them... it isn’t an official diagnosis because they never ever say anything is “wrong” with him.

  • Sunee
    Dec 05

    They are a lot smarter than we think. There are “norms”, but all Littles develop differently. So, please ease your mind & meditate on it. She will talk when she’s ready.