Posted in Milestones & Development, Toddlers, Tough Topics

Toddler Talks

So I’m new to this but I’m kind of hoping someone will have some advice. My daughter will be three may 31st but she doesn’t talk. Mostly just grunts and whines. But I also lost a daughter 7.7.17 and being a year old I didn’t think it’d affect her. Am I just stressing for no reason?

  • B
    Apr 18

    If she’s not really talking that old, I’d suggest seeing a speech therapist and getting her evaluated. Your pediatrician should be able to help. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Maxine
    Apr 18

    Any child who isn’t speaking at least a few words (mama, dada, etc), or even attempting to communicate, should most definitely be evaluated. My son did this. He has autism, and I didn’t get help soon enough. He’ll be 6 this year, and I wish I’d understood better when he was 1 or 2! Waiting didn’t change the diagnosis. If nothing had been wrong, they’d’ve been able to help me get him help. And WITH an autism diagnosis, I could’ve gotten him help sooner. Many kids are indistinguishable from “normal” kids by this age IF they get the help they need right away. I urge you to out aside your fears and address this head in so you can eliminate long term issues. ❤️

  • Cathy
    Apr 18

    I agree with the above. My son is two years and four months. He says a few words but not consistently. We’ve been in speech therapy for about 6 months. You should ask your pediatrician what he or she recommends and also ask about getting into the school system. Here in GA children 3 and under can receive free services through the state and then at 3 the public schools will pick them up. There is probably a similar program where you are. On another note - I am very sorry for your loss, and will be thinking of you.

  • Abigail
    Apr 18

    Your concern is justified. As a former behavioral therapist, get her evaluated ASAP.

  • Monda
    Apr 18

    First and foremost I’m so sorry for your lost secondly!! Was your daughter talking before the lose of a sibling?! I had to get rid of our dog and after that my son lost interest in a lot of activities and he was so down for a good month after that and my son is only 2! So I definitely would think that losing her sister did affect her in some type of way! I would see if there is early childhood development in your area or talk to your family doctor and see what they think but at 3 she definitely needs to be talking a lot!

  • Johna
    Apr 18

    My son started this way as well. In my case, he was just taking his time. Now he is 2 and a half, saying full sentences and having small conversations. Still, to be sure, have her evaluated. Can't hurt. My condolences for loss.

  • Sarahh
    Apr 18

    Thank y’all. She wasnt talking before being she was only a year old. But when I approach her pediatrician he says it’s fine it’s normal so I’m like...

  • Laura
    Apr 18

    Sounds like you should get a new pediatrician!

  • Cathy
    Apr 18

    This ☝️

  • Anonymous
    Apr 18

    Getting her help will never hurt her, but not getting her help will. I'm not a pediatrician, but I would agree that you need her evaluated, and a new pediatrician. You are her advocate, push for what you think she needs!

  • Nikki
    Apr 18

    Even if your pediatrician doesn’t agree, no harm in getting her tested. If it’s nothing, at least you’ll know.

  • Sarahh
    Apr 18

    Thank y’all. Part of me wants to just believe that it’s just a set back from the passing

  • Ozie
    Apr 18

    My daughter was the same she’ll be 3 in November however the only thing that saved me was placing her in what we call an educare it’s a school for toddlers. She doesn’t say anything in school just yet (they think she doesn’t speak) but when she comes home she says everything they have gone over in school. From colors, to counting, she can now count to thirty as opposed to three months ago when she started and hadn’t said a word... not even mommy. Sometimes it does take time but had I not put her in educare we were going to go to a speech therapist so if I were you that’s where I would start I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter I’ll be praying for you and hope your baby girl begins talking your ear off soon❤️

  • Maxine
    Apr 18

    So sorry about your loss, Sarahh. 💔 Your local school board will usually evaluate your child for free. If your child qualifies for one, she will receive an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and be referred to a preschool that offers therapy for free. You can take that referral and get a full diagnosis from a neurologist if there’s a diagnosis to be had.