A baby can talk, but dont want to talk. Pls help

@SignMe (1031)
India
January 29, 2007 11:33am CST
My closee cousins kid is 4 years old. He is very different from rest of the lot. He is very silent most of the time. Rarely he cries. "But the concern is he hardly speaks anything. He is intelligent and responds to instructions quickly but with only some gestures". But if you think he is a dumb, he is not. He can clearly tell at least dozen words. But it is like if you talk to him with 200 words he may respond you with one word. His parents were really down with this behaviour. Showing this to few doctors did not helped much. Can anybody tell is this sort of behaviour has any medical definition? Did you come across any such kids, if so, what was the solution they sought? All your inputs are most welcome!!!
3 responses
@Stiletto (4584)
30 Jan 07
Well it might be Autism to some degree but there again he may just be going through a very shy, self-conscious phase. I definitely think medical advice should be sought just to clarify if there is an underlying condition that's causing this behaviour.
@SignMe (1031)
• India
30 Jan 07
Thank you for your comments :)
@SignMe (1031)
• India
30 Jan 07
Thank you for your comments :)
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
My third son was also very quiet. He understood all that was said to him, but he was not big on answers. I think that my sons problem was that his 2 older brothers did everything for him. He did not have to even ask for anything. So he just stayed quite. This really changed once he went to playschool and he was not with his brothers. There he had to ask for things or was just ignored. As he got older and I had 2 more boys, well if he did not speak up, he just got lost in the general melee of the house hold. His kindergarten teacher suggested to me to have him read aloud to me. Just simple books of course and even just picture books. I don't think that getting angry or frustrated is the answer. Try the reading out loud with him. This helped my son alot.
@SignMe (1031)
• India
30 Jan 07
Thank you. Even the kids parents are thinking that he may be normal once he joins the school, but only a hope. Nice that you shared about your kids. I will check out reading loud method. :)
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Its possible he could have Autism, you might want to suggest that he be tested. Autistic children usually can respond, they just do not like to.
@SignMe (1031)
• India
29 Jan 07
Can you tell something more about Autism? Which sort of doctors may know about this? Kid specialist / Psychologist etc? Have you seen any kids with similar behaviour?