When do you worry? Kids that don't talk.

@lisado (1228)
United States
May 20, 2007 3:34pm CST
Our oldest son has been diagnosed with Autism and is non-verbal. He had started to talk as "usual" when he was 6-10 months old (Mama, Dada, Baba) and then he regressed and now he says no words at all. He just "sings" and makes noise. Jesse is 13 months old and has no words at all. His doctor said not to worry until he is 16-18 months old, but I can't help but worry about it! So far he isn't showing any signs of Autism so his doctor isn't worried about that. When did your children start to talk? Since his older brother doesn't talk, I wasn't sure if maybe that is why he isn't, either? Does anyone have any tips on helping to move him along? We try talking to him and sounding things out for him, but it hasn't helped. I plan on getting an eval done soon, but most doctors and therapists aren't worried about it just yet since some kids just start talking late.
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
20 May 07
I would ask to have a referal to a speech therapist that can evaluate him for you. Waiting until he is 16-18 months is too late. I run an in-home daycare in my home and a speech therapist comes to my home to work with 2 children on a weekly basis. I have had many good conversations with her about speech delays and one of the things that she has told me is to never second guess your concerns. Ask for a referral and get him checked. Even though his brother isn't talking - doesn't mean he shouldn't be. He should be saying at least 1-3 words by now.
@lisado (1228)
• United States
29 May 07
That's kind of what I was thinking, too. My older son sees a speech therapist and she has given me some materials to help work with him for now. I am going to call the local Infant and Children's program that helps out with getting evals and therapy set up. I just don't know how long it'll take.
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Thank you for the best responce. How is your little one doing? Have you gotten a hold of the infant children program??
@lisado (1228)
• United States
28 Jun 07
They are more worried about him not eating than not talking right now. He starts Occupational Therapy next week. His older brother is Autistic and while he isn't showing signs of Autism, he has some of the same issues with textures. He refuses to eat (baby food, people food, whatever) because of the way it feels. He will drink 16 oz of formula a day and juice but that is it. Both in bottles as he won't use a cup. He has started saying dadadadada a lot the past week or so, so we're hoping this is a start to him talking. Sometimes a mamamama comes out, or bababababa. Our insurance won't do anything for speech until he is 18 months old. I contacted an infant program, but we're still weeding thru paperwork at the moment.
• United States
21 May 07
this is a good topic you brought up. I have a 14 month old little girl and she says no words at all only babbles mama and dada, she does not seem to understand words or direction either. I am very concerned with this. I have a 3 year old who talks nonstop and is very expressive. She was talking in sentences at 15 months and could say over 30 words before her first birthday. I read to them and talk constantly to them she also shows no signs of autism, i have checked into it too and therapists dont seem too concerned although i am very much.
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@lisado (1228)
• United States
29 May 07
I know they say all kids are different, but I'm worries, too, even though they tell me not to. My husband didn't talk until he was 2, so maybe he is just following in daddy's footsteps? I dunno. :(
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
21 May 07
I can’t tell you that there couldn’t be a problem, but try not to worry too much. My youngest granddaughter is two years old and just starting to talk. I was also very concerned about my youngest son who is now 13 and never shuts up because he did not talk until late. All kids are different, so maybe he just is not ready yet.
@lisado (1228)
• United States
29 May 07
That is how my husband was. He just decided to start talking one day when he was two. I'm hoping that he is the same way and will start talking soon.