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Receptive and Expressive language delay 2.3 year old

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Sama12 Sat 19-Oct-19 17:28:09

Hi all,
Has anyone experience with receptive and expressive language delay in a 2 year old? Were they able to catch up and what helped them to improve the receptive language? Toddler is super active, not very good attention, which seems to make it harder to process and learn new words.

Also how can these toddlers be helped to have less meltdowns/tantrums due to lack of understanding?

Thanks for any advice and tips.

Mummy0ftwo12 Sat 19-Oct-19 19:15:12

My DS had/had this, its been slow painstaking work with fortnightly speech therapy and 1-1 support at nursery for a couple of years to help him make progress.

The website teachmetotalk has some good videos/podcasts on teaching receptive language, Mr Tumble/Makaton signing was helpful in the early days and also to show me where he was on his way to speech (there is a checklist on there of pre-verbal stages).

At 2.3 my DS was angry that he couldn't communicate, but at 2.4 after two sessions of specialist speech therapy he pointed to show interest :-) He had his first words around 3.

You could start with makaton signing.

Mummy0ftwo12 Sat 19-Oct-19 19:17:38

sorry, i meant the teachmetotalk website has the checklist. Makaton helped him start to communicate his requests e.g juice/biscuit.

Also, receptive language delay is a red flag for autism, but it isn't always autism.

Sama12 Sat 19-Oct-19 19:48:52

Thank you very much! I will look into it.

AladdinMum Mon 21-Oct-19 10:03:37

At 2.3 years old receptive delays can be a little concerning, expressive not so much. When you say that he has a receptive language delay, is he able to follow any simple commands like for example close the door, give me your shoes (is he is holding them), take your jacket off, "where is X?" questions, etc? how does he communicate with you? when he wants something or when he wants to share his enjoyment or interesting things that he sees with you?

Sama12 Mon 21-Oct-19 17:23:39

Hello, thanks for your reply. The problem is so far I only have a private SALT assasment. Still waiting on NHS assasment. He will listen sometimes but not consistent. He seems very distracted and with short attention span. Since he was able to walk from 11 months, he was constantly on the go. He never wanted to listen to anything or read a book or play like quite games. It did improve a little bit now. He is able to play for longer or sit down a play for a bit. He will sometimes follow instructions but not always, so it’s super confusing. His hearing was checked last week. It’s fine. He interacts with me, smiles, ask for help, play with other kids. If he wants anything he will not ask mostly cry or scream or pull me to where he wants me to come or go. He will not point to body parts. He is super active, running, climbing. We will now start speech therapy. Speech therapist said he has a receptive and expressive language delay, but short attention for his age but he also has some very strong points in his communication. I have an older daughter, aged 4. So I kind of see the difference. It’s hard as I dont know what’s going on. He is very clever and otherwise reached is milestones except language.

Sama12 Mon 21-Oct-19 17:25:50

He also shares his enjoyment with me or will basically ask for help non verbal. But he just doesn’t really listen. He can say a few words but not as much as he should olus he will not always use the words he know already in the context, he should.

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