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dsg222 Wed 29-Apr-15 15:39:51

My ds is 2.2, I have been concerned about his speech for a while, when Hv did his two year check she asked some basic questions and said he is a little behind but nothing of great concern and to contact in six months if I'm still concerned. He goes to nursery two days a week and has been scored behind on his review for talking, everything else is where it should be or ahead, they have said they have seen improvements recently.

Basically he isn't yet putting two words together, his actual vocab has increased dramatically since Xmas, so now he regularly points and says things while we are out like car, quack quack(said like cack cack), his most commonly said words are juice, dada, ball, chicken, tea, teeth, shoooos, goal, ball, keys, door, hiya and bye bye. All said quite clearly and in context, when we are playing he is constantly pointing to things and wants me to name them, when I try to get him to repeat he loses interest but he knows if I say something wrong, like if he points at nose and I say eyes he knows and keeps pointing furiously until I say it right.

His understanding of instructions is good, if I ask him to bring his shoes, or say let's go upstairs for bath time he does what I'm asking and while reading if I ask him to show me animals he points to them all correctly and makes noises correctly for some.

His physical skills seem amazing to me(pfb!) and he is constantly running,climbing etc so do I need to be concerned in your opinions or he is just taking his time?

Catdogwormfrog Wed 29-Apr-15 16:57:28

Similar story here. 2.1 not joining words yet. Watching with interest

Sorry that's not much help but at least you aren't alone!

MinniesMate Wed 29-Apr-15 18:37:04

My grandson was the same at that age. Visited a local SALT drip in session and was assessed. No issues spotted as his understanding was good. A few tips were given to help speech.

Then all of a sudden at about 2.6 started to put two and three words together. His vocabulary increased at a rate of 10/15 new words daily. Caught up now at 2.9.

It was as if he was processing it all , worked it out and just started talking when he was ready. His mum had been rather worried as she was a very early talker.

MinniesMate Wed 29-Apr-15 18:37:56

*drop in!

dsg222 Wed 29-Apr-15 19:35:39

Thank you, makes me feel a bit better! I'm also making the mistake of comparing to a close friends dd who is three months younger and talking a storm!

RatOnnaStick Wed 29-Apr-15 19:43:33

If its any help, ds1 hqd less than a dozen words at 2, referred for speech and language therapy whih was six 1:1 play sessions when he was just 3 and now at 4.7 is talking in long complicated sentences with big words and generally doesnt shut up smile.

Ds2 is 2.4 and just starting to out two words together just before he turned 2. In four months hes progressed to three and four word sentences and some proper conversation (hello mummy, what you doin?)

Both different and both normal, just different places on the scale.

If your ds is pointing things out, verbally or non-verbally trying to make himself understood and following instructions I doubt you have anything to worry about.

Buttercup27 Wed 29-Apr-15 19:47:51

Please get his eyes tested ! My ds has speech delay , he is now 3.1 he had his eyes tested at 2 due to family history and it turns out he has extremely poor eye sight. Since his glasses about 8 months ago his speech has come on leaps and bounds and is now attempting full sentences! This is with only half prescription, he will get a full prescription next month.

We never had a clue he had poor eye sight as he coped so well.

kimistayingalive Fri 01-May-15 08:45:37

My DS has speech delay and we were told that we had to wait until he was 3 before they'd actually intervene.
We were given tactics. Some good. Some a waste of time. Using tricks like sabotage, repeating what he points to, correcting words he tries, filling in sentences, etc.
The thing that worked for me was to use slight pressure. As an example he used to just hand me his beaker four a drink so I started putting water in it. Strop ensues so I tell him if he wants juice he needs to ask for it. Cue 3 days later he asks for juice.
Yes I felt a bit mean but I wasn't depriving him of any liquid. He will revert to signing occasionally but I ask him for the words please and he will then say them or at least try.
The biggest leap in his speech happened when starting preschool nursery and has been bought on by the other kids. He clammed up around the teachers and staff until January and then finally started joining in with verbal activities.
At home he now never shuts up. And although he's not doing full clear sentences he is trying and that is what is important.
With regards to sppech therapy you have to keep pushing them or they stay laid back. It was frustrating but being listed under their care gets extra support at school and nursery too which is important with their speech development.

squiz81 Sat 02-May-15 14:49:57

My ds1 didn't talk until he was 2.6. Before that he said a few words and did a lot of signs. Then over a course of a week he started trying to copy words we said, and from then on his speech improved in leaps and bounds.

Try not to worry, I know it seems they will never get it, but all of a sudden it clicks. We had a delay with potty training too (apparently delayed speech is connected to delayed bladder control!) I thought he'd never get it, and then he was potty trained in a week.

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