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Toddler not talking much

PostPosted: Tue 11 Jan, 2011 3:39 pm
by ben
Our 23 month old isn't saying many words, seems to understand everything , should we be worried?

Re: Toddler not talking much

PostPosted: Sun 23 Jan, 2011 4:15 pm
by NeedSomeHelp
Yeh I am having the same problem with my 2 year old, it's really worrying isnt it. Hope Ngala can help!

Re: Toddler not talking much

PostPosted: Sun 23 Jan, 2011 6:37 pm
by NgalaOnline
Hi Ben

Thank you for your post. There is a wide variation in the rate of development for children, and it is certainly normal for some children to progress a little more slowly in some areas of development than there peers. Speech delay, however, is something that is usually very responsive to early interventions such as speech therapy and for that reason health professionals are interested in assessing, detecting and assisting with any speech or hearing difficulties as early as possible. It is fantastic that you are assessing your child's development in this area and seeking advice about your concerns.

At two years of age it is appropriate to seek assessment if your child is not speaking around 50 words, is not combining two words together, does not appear to be understanding simple instructions, or if he only copies words rather than producing them spontaneously. It is common for children to understand more than they are able to verbalise at this age, and it is also common for lack of verbal skills to contribute to frustration and tantrums in children. You may find the following link helpful:

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/ ... ontext/651

If, after reading the list of indicators of normal speech development above, you are still concerned about your child's progress in this area it is worthwhile seeking further assessment from your child health nurse. If she is concerned she may provide you with ideas of ways to help your child at home, refer your child for a hearing test or for speech therapy. If your child has had a history of ear infections it can be helpful to have him assessed by a GP to see if there is any medical condition such as glue ear that may be hindering his hearing and subsequent speech development.