Posted in Milestones & Development, Toddlers

Receptive language delay

Anonymous

I have a 2 year old who doesn't seem to be able to follow simple commands. It's like he doesn't understand what I'm saying to him. He's very smart in other areas. Anyone else have this problem?

  • Cathy
    Nov 11

    My best advice would be to have him evaluated. My son has the opposite problem. He understands everything said to him but we are in speech therapy for expressive language.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 12

    My oldest was flagged as both, even though she would communicate fine w/me. We’re in speech therapy for 3 yrs now and now she won’t shut up for boo and she understands WAY too well (no more coded grown up talk or whispering in our house). It absolutely does not hurt to get evaluated, it’s useful information and this way you get to make an informed decision moving forward, whatever it is.

  • HR
    Nov 12

    Sounds like my kid. We had his hearing checked & found out that he had fluid in his ears & needed tubes put in to help it drain. He hears totally fine now.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 12

    Thank you all! @Cathy that's the normal issue I think, that they can understand and follow through with commands but talking is not there yet. Mines the trickier one. @anonymous and HR: part of me thinks it's a selective hearing kind of thing bc if I say "go out" he will run to the back door. Or "get shoes" and he will get his shoes. He will stop immediately what he's doing if I say "noooo" But anything else and I don't know. He's a very inquisitive kid. From my observation his hearing is great. I know He can hear if I say something bc the past two weeks he repeats everything! And he says hi to everyone when they enter the room. He hears us open doors across the house. I did get him evaluated at 18m and he does speech which he's progressing with maybe 20 words now at 24m. He also doesn't point but They are not leaning towards autism. He's got too much against it. Is the repeating a precursor for purposeful speaking? Any other input you mommies have to offer?

  • Cathy
    Nov 13

    Repetition is key for children. With words, routines, anything. If the speech therapists aren’t worried about the repeating than I wouldn’t either. Children repeat sounds and actions to understand and to master what they are learning. I wouldn’t sweat it!