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Yvonnet  
#1 Posted : Monday, June 20, 2011 4:57:37 PM(UTC)
Yvonnet

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Joined: 6/20/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4
Location: Toronto

I have been doing research work online since I noticed my 20-month-old son is not responding to his name and any talking. The information on internet is overwhelming;I was really scared and sometimes just lost the gut to read more coz somehow they all lead to autism. But he seems to have just some of the typical symptoms while others donot fit. Anyway, I want to do anything as early as possible to help my son. I need your advice please.

Here is his story. He is a chubby\healthy\strong\cute boy. Every friends praised they have never seen such a sweet boy so easy to take care of. But now he's 20 months, I find he is different as other same age kids on some parts. We heard him say "papa"'mama''baby''day''ball'before, but now it's only "papa"'mama''gaga' randomly. He doesnot respond to his name or any talking. He doesnot play with others kids. Basically he is not interested in people. But other than that, He seems to be a smart boy. He plays with all kinds of toys, eats and sleeps good, reads(at least looks at) picture books,listens to music,loves getting his photo taken,loves peekaboo and would laugh loudly.

My family doctor referred a pediatrician to have him assessed but it is in Oct. He will turn two at that time. I registered with the government speech and language service. They told me they would arrange the appointment in Nov\Dec,even later then the one with pediatrician. I am looking for speech therapist now. But what I want to know is: what I could do at home to stimulate him to talk? I tried to teach him 'nose' for more than ten days, pointing his and mine, repeat and repeat, he doesnot follow.

I have been holding books at library, searching information online, checking forum to see what others moms are saying. Preparing myself with everything I should know, but before I get diagnose from any professional (which would not happen in near future) what would you suggest i can do ? I feel time is being wasted day by day that I could not get him improve even a little bit.

Please please ,anything..
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toni boyle  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:34:40 AM(UTC)
toni boyle

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Joined: 1/11/2011(UTC)
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Location: burnley

Hi,
I live in the UK, So services are different but I didn't wont to read and run. I have been in the situation where I have had sleepless nights and made myself ill with worry about my sons speech delay so I understand your worries.
I knew my son was having difficulties and was told late talker etc.
I tryed to get him to see our SLT but it is a long and hard road in which you have to push and fight to get support and help that your child needs and deserves. I'm now trying to get Denton in a speech and language unit school as he starts school in September but this was declined so I have appealed.
You know your child better than anyone, but these appointments will be here within no time make notes to take with you so you have all the information and you dont forget to say something that was important as I got upset at times, it's hard to admit what our kids cant do!!
You are doing all the right things with your child. I will add that it takes time and a lot of practise but you will get there.

Sending Hugs and support...........
If you wont to talk, post back!
Toni
NYSLP  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:42:20 PM(UTC)
NYSLP

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Joined: 3/1/2005(UTC)
Posts: 34

hi there- I can imagine how frustrating it is. You are definitely doing the right thing to have your son evaluated and looking for information. Sometimes it is hard to say without seeing the child but continue to stimulate his language by labeling and using language as much as you can. Since he is using few words use mostly single words with him similar to what you are doing to teach him "nose",etc. You might want to try to find something very motivating to him and use the word as a request - for example let's say he loves to be picked up and spin around,etc- use that motivating activity to model "up", "spin", etc and use those words as requests- keep modeling it and after awhile stop and wait before you do the activity to give him a chance to verbalize,etc. It might be that "nose" isnt very motivating for him so try to find what really sparks his interest. You also might want to try using some pictures to see if he can point to a picture of something he wants or maybe try some simple sign language. Just some suggestions- on my website I have some ebooks for sale that give a lot of ideas and some other info on speech and language. you can also leave a question there. www.insightspeech.com good luck to you!!
Yvonnet  
#4 Posted : Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:32:41 PM(UTC)
Yvonnet

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Joined: 6/20/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4
Location: Toronto

Dear toni,

Thanks for you kindly reply. I am gaining a little confidence now after days of anxiety and fear. My son is doing good in all except language part. But he is smart on those others things. I am still talking to him whenever I can to encourage him. Maybe he just need more time to progress. Anyway I am waiting to see the specialist in couple of months. I should not scare myself to death before that.





toni boyle wrote:
Hi,
I live in the UK, So services are different but I didn't wont to read and run. I have been in the situation where I have had sleepless nights and made myself ill with worry about my sons speech delay so I understand your worries.
I knew my son was having difficulties and was told late talker etc.
I tryed to get him to see our SLT but it is a long and hard road in which you have to push and fight to get support and help that your child needs and deserves. I'm now trying to get Denton in a speech and language unit school as he starts school in September but this was declined so I have appealed.
You know your child better than anyone, but these appointments will be here within no time make notes to take with you so you have all the information and you dont forget to say something that was important as I got upset at times, it's hard to admit what our kids cant do!!
You are doing all the right things with your child. I will add that it takes time and a lot of practise but you will get there.

Sending Hugs and support...........
If you wont to talk, post back!
Toni
Yvonnet  
#5 Posted : Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:36:44 PM(UTC)
Yvonnet

Rank: Newbie

Joined: 6/20/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4
Location: Toronto

Hi thanks for your advice. Yep I started to use simple word when I do things with him, to demonstrate and repeat. I believe after dozens or even hundreds times, he would pick up the words finally

NYSLP wrote:
hi there- I can imagine how frustrating it is. You are definitely doing the right thing to have your son evaluated and looking for information. Sometimes it is hard to say without seeing the child but continue to stimulate his language by labeling and using language as much as you can. Since he is using few words use mostly single words with him similar to what you are doing to teach him "nose",etc. You might want to try to find something very motivating to him and use the word as a request - for example let's say he loves to be picked up and spin around,etc- use that motivating activity to model "up", "spin", etc and use those words as requests- keep modeling it and after awhile stop and wait before you do the activity to give him a chance to verbalize,etc. It might be that "nose" isnt very motivating for him so try to find what really sparks his interest. You also might want to try using some pictures to see if he can point to a picture of something he wants or maybe try some simple sign language. Just some suggestions- on my website I have some ebooks for sale that give a lot of ideas and some other info on speech and language. you can also leave a question there. www.insightspeech.com good luck to you!!
hollyj  
#6 Posted : Monday, June 27, 2011 12:10:44 PM(UTC)
hollyj

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Joined: 6/27/2011(UTC)
Posts: 1
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

My son didn't respond to his name either at 20 months but started to around 24 months. He was severely delayed in expressive and receptive language. For things you can do at home check out http://teachmetotalk.com/. My early interventionist said it was important to focus on playing with my son. Playing peekaboo and chase, etc. to get them interested in playing and then talking. Encourage him to sign more and please to play more. My son is still delayed but making a lot of progress at 33 months.
kn_mommy  
#7 Posted : Monday, July 4, 2011 10:58:20 AM(UTC)
kn_mommy

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Joined: 7/4/2011(UTC)
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Location: MD

My daughter was 18 months when she failed a developmental screening. She did not respond to her name but used words inconsistently, your son sounds very similar to my daughter. Actually, she also did not use mama, dada until much later, I think the fact that your son does that is great. I think I had a very similar experience to yours, panicking, searching online, etc. What I should have done was 1) not panic, 2) get her enrolled in speech therapy asap. Of course you know what they say about hindsight... in any case, I remember saying certain words to my daughter hundreds and hundreds (maybe thousands, i lost count) of times before she started saying them. And then suddenly at 2 she started learning words by herself. But for six months I literally said certain words 40-50 times a day before she would learn them. Later when she started saying two-word sentences we had to correct one phrase about ten times a day for a whole year before she learned it... but then suddenly she started learning longer sentences by herself... as for playing by himself, kids do parallel play (playing next to each other but not with each other) until much older than 20 months, so i don't think that means anything.

one thing I learned is that they learn on their own body first, so the body parts, movements like someone else suggested, and anything you can link to his body are great to start with. we also got an ipad as well and there are tons of apps that teach kids to talk for $1-5, my daughter loved those. i think your son would like it since our 10-month-old loves it too.

My daughter is 4 now and she is still significantly behind but also developing fast. I think she will be behind for a few more years but she is telling stories now and I think it is all due to her therapy. in addition to speech she had various movement therapies that helped her get better with attention, focus, memory, etc.

Yvonnet  
#8 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2011 5:35:32 PM(UTC)
Yvonnet

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Joined: 6/20/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4
Location: Toronto

Thanks guys for all your advice. My son now is 21 months; he is progressing well in all except speech part. It seems just like that the door to his language center is still locked. Other than that, he seems to be a smart boy. He's good at playing all sorts of toys; he has good motor development; he has a good memory and comprehension ability on stuff. But he is still not responding to name, or direction or talking. His vocabulary is limited to 4 to 5 words (he doesn't really mean it when he says them) The question is, he seems to have no desire to talk. For example, he likes when I play peekaboo with him. I would say peek-a-boo lots of time, and then pause after peek-a,,,expect him to say 'boo'. He should be very familiar with 'boo' coz we have played numerous times. But he just stay there, waiting for me to say it.
Anyway,I talk to him as often as I could and encourage him to talk. I believe sooner or later, he would open his mouth and talk to me..
God bless us. God bless my boy. God bless you all.
pooojya@gmail.com  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, May 5, 2015 9:56:40 AM(UTC)
pooojya@gmail.com

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Joined: 5/5/2015(UTC)
Posts: 1

Hi,

I am new to this forum and my son is 18 months old and he behaves somewhere same like your son.

really anxious to know What was the out come and what you should I also do so that he can also improve in language part.
I will really appreciate if you can respond

He does respond to us but very rarely but sometime he doesnt even care what we are saying even if he is not busy or engaged somewhere.
he loves other Kids and ppl, approaches them and hugs them
he loves looking at books and ask us to read for him.
he takes help.
Gets excited to see me and my husband.
Play with toys.
previously used to say MAMA DADA Gaga but that too randombly and still says.
I got his ears checked and he seems fine.
he does not point anything but he will hold our hand and take us to that place if he needs ant help.

he doesnt seems to be attentive always looks for something else to play.
Very nice motor skill and Sensory skills.

Woried Mom.
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