(Closed) DS 15 months old not talking?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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fiver:  Also meant to add that kids hit milestones at different paces, so he should be fine if he is hitting all of the other milestones! Each child develops differently. Some take forever, some start early! And congrats on baby #2!

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It sounds like he is communicating fairly well, and responding to simple commands which is great.

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kes18:  Has a really good point that I’ve heard multiple times – “words” that count in terms of development may not be true words in the sense of how adults talk. My son has this odd sounding “guh” word that I am confident means “Charlotte,” our dog. That’s counted as a word. 

It doesn’t sound like he’s actually behind at this point but another pp has a good point too about the earlier the intervention the better. Not speaking related, but my doctors caught my son’s torticollis (neck only turns one way for newborns) really early and we had Early Intervention come in and assess and provide PT services weekly. At 6 months they “graduated him” because it was no longer an issue. Had we waited it may have affected his physical development but we were fortunate. Don’t be afraid to use EI services – if you are in the US, I think in all states they will come in and do an assessment if you even have a slight fear something is wrong! That’s what they are there for. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

I work in daycare and I dont think you should be worried. Kids all develop at different times, so whilst he cant ‘speak’ yet he is still communicating by babbling which means he is getting there! Besides he might be better in physical development or social skills than the other kids that are talking. Keep doing what you are doing and just keep an eye out for his language, note down if you see him say anything new or if babbling progresses but I wouldnt be concerned yet. 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State


fiver:  my son took forever with everything lol. He was about 2.5-3 before he was really talking and even then it was very basic. So I wouldn’t worry too much at this point. Every kid is different so I feel like anything within “range” of normal is ok. Now if he’s over 3 and still struggling I would look into it. But for now I think you’re just fine. My little sister (i’m 18 years older than her) started speaking in short sentences at 10 months and was fully talking by the time she was 2. I mean like full conversations. My son… not so much lol. So give it time. And work with him often 🙂

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My DS is also 15 mo, and also not saying 3+ words. Our ped said she wasn’t worried since he is still trying to communicate (babbling, pointing, etc, like you described your DS doing) and following basic commands (“Go get the ball”). She said it is VERY common, especially in boys, to be language “delayed”, especially when they are advanced in motor skills. I was worried, too, but most of the boys I know that are a little older than DS are in the same boat! So seems pretty normal to me 🙂

Have you tried signing with him? DS is just starting to pick up on signs and has about 6-7…another reason the ped wasn’t worried!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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fiver:  We encountered speech delays with my son. He will be two in two weeks and begins early intervention this week. He currently has about 12-15 words he says, though he communicates with a few signs, pointing, etc. He should be at 100 words with putting two words together. 

Your child is not terriBly behind at this point, but it is something to keep an eye on. The earlier that delays are found, the easier and faster it is to catch the kids up (according to our speech therapist). I think its great your pediatrician is on top of this. We have had to advocate a lot for our son lately, and the help of a good pediatrician would have been nice.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m upset that your doctor made you concerned, it really sounds like that Dr needs a better bedside manner!

I’m not a doctor, just a parent, but in my experience 15 months is still very young! If your child was 2, then I would agree with keeping an eye on it, but at 15 months? No way you should be worried. My son had a couple basic words at 15 months, uh-oh, ball, mama…now at 22 months he could talk your ear off. Check in again from 18 – 24 months – that’s the prime time for language development. The ear tugging though is something to watch though, for ear infections (my son did this) and yes maybe get his hearing checked. Don’t worry mama, it sounds ok so far! Maybe get a new doctor though, sheesh.

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