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two year old not talking yet.

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badtemperedaldbitch Sun 24-Feb-13 17:30:05

I'm a cm and want to maintan confidentiality but i'm concerned about one of one of my lo who has just turned two. they arent talking yet, but are communicating.

for example they will use hand signals and will put your hand to show you what you should do (move my hand to a toy to activate it)

I'm looking for communication excersises and have come across PECS. Does anyone use them? Will teaching him to use the cards stop him learning words?

should the mum be taking specialist advice?

He does make noises but not really more than Ha.

can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance

zzzzz Sun 24-Feb-13 17:48:59

Mum can self refer to SALT. He/she should have there hearing checked ASAP (Mum should ask GP or self refer or through HV).

I would try signing before pecs myself, but you should ask the parents first. Something Special used to do basic signing, but check as I haven't been with th age group for ages. Try a few simple things first, drink, hungry, more. Keep a diary of behaviours it can be very helpful.

Lots of songs with actions.

Simple sentences.

Try always to touch the child, get down to there level, speak slowly and leave time for them to respond.

Crawling Sun 24-Feb-13 17:51:21

The HV normally does a 2y check and for my dd thats when issuess were flaged up she referred us to SALT.
I have used PECS very successfully with dd and it started her talking at 3:4.

Ineedmorepatience Sun 24-Feb-13 18:20:15

Hi bad, you really need to discuss your concerns with the LO's parents, when you have done that either suggest that they go to the local childrens centre and find out if they have aSpeech and Language Therapy drop in service or you could ring your early years inclusion team. You should be able to access or at least speak to an Early Years SEN Advisor. You must get parental consent though.

Keep plenty of observations and I agree with signing, Something Special is a great place to start.

Good lucksmile

Ruggles Sun 24-Feb-13 18:28:48

I have a late talker too and have looked at lots of things as well as doing some private SALT. Sookie and Finn dvds are brilliant - there are three in the series plus a cd of the songs and some flash cards. These have been really good for us. Give lots of choices and wait for some sort of indication - this one? the blue cup? Blue cup. Oh you want the blue one!! SALT told me to 'turn it up' volume and energy - be over the top!

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 24-Feb-13 19:01:15

thank you for all your suggestions. the mum raised it with me today to see if i was worried that the child wasnt talking yet, and i said no, because i wsnt worried, because the child is engaging and communicating well, just not speaking yet.

My own child was a late talker too and now i cannot get her to be quiet (she's 9) so i wasnt overly worried, but once she mentioned it i thought i would see what i could do to help. IYSWIM

zzzzz Sun 24-Feb-13 20:00:44

It's the not making noises that is worrying. I'd tell the parents if on second thoughts you are more concerned than you at first said. There should be babbling and animal noises even much younger.

Can the child follow instructions?

chocjunkie Sun 24-Feb-13 20:10:45

OP - do you feel there are issues also around understanding or is the main issues for you the lack of talking?

do you know if the hearing has been checked recently?

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 24-Feb-13 21:02:43

he does understand me and he does make himself understood... he's just not using ANY words yet,

he did sing an identifiable tune a while back, that we mimiced back to him. but he seems to have stopped that.

he does sometimes rub his ears... i will ask if the hearing has been checked

zzzzz Sun 24-Feb-13 21:09:23

Does he "Mamama" or "Dadada" or "moo" for cow "roar" for lion?

Can he play copying games, like clap clap from you followed by clap clap from him? Does he hear doorbells etc?

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 24-Feb-13 21:20:01

he doesnt say mama or dada he did sing da da da da

he says ha! which is almost a laugh

he doesnt say any animal sounds

he does play clapping games

he recognises when someone is at the door, but not sure if he is responding to the doorbell.

zzzzz Sun 24-Feb-13 21:27:09

I'll be honest I would be very concerned. No Mama or DaDa is very delayed at 2. I think hearing, SALT, GP ar mor than warranted.

My ds has severe language disorder, which is very different to delay, but that doesn't sound like a just wait and see situation to me. If it is his hearing, fitting hearing aides early can hugely impact how well he speaks. Worth seeming over anxious for, I think.

badtemperedaldbitch Sun 24-Feb-13 21:31:02

Actually i KNOW he can hear. I play a disc with wind my bobbin up, and he does the hand signals for that without prompting from me.

thanks for your help

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