November 7th, 2006

Coping with a Child Who Doesn't Talk

It’s hard waiting for Gage to start talking. At 20 months of age, he has about 4 words… mama, bye bye, uh oh and up. That’s up from 3 words at 18 months, so it’s very slow going.

It’s not that he doesn’t seem to be bright. He understands just about everything we tell him. He can communicate his wants very well. He just doesn’t talk.

The hard times is when he’s asking for something that isn’t routine. It can be a very frustrating guessing game.

This morning he was pointing and grunting loudly at something on the counter. My first answer was “No, it’s too early to have Halloween candy.” But he kept at it and I realized that wasn’t what he was after. So I picked him up and had him show me. Turned out he wanted to play with the oven mitts.

We’ve talked about working on sign language, but the challenge is that we aren’t sure if it will slow verbal development still more, and my inlaws, who watch him nearly once a week for at least a few hours, are reluctant to participate. I would really want that support for his sake, otherwise he’ll have a very frustrating time coping with people who don’t understand what he’s saying. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 10th, 2006

Speak!

I can hardly wait for when my son, Gage, decides to start really talking. He’s a quiet kid. Says “mama,” “bye-bye,” “uh oh” and just recently added the occasional “up” to his repertoire. Since he’s 18 months old, this does get frustrating and just a little concerning.

I have spoken with his doctor at his most recent checkup, however, and been advised to wait another three months, then update the doctor so we can decide what to do. Since we know he hears, and he seems to understand things quite well, the doctor is not particularly concerned yet. Some kids are just late talkers.

But how do you know if it’s a late talker or a problem you need to be concerned about? That’s been one of my main concerns, since I know that in case of a problem, the earlier he gets help, the better.

I’m fortunate in that I can see many signs of a normal little boy in Gage. He’s active, inquisitive, loves to paint (himself… mostly on his legs and chest). He does get his wants across to us, is interested in sitting on the potty… in other words, is mostly quite age appropriate. He just shows a lot of signs of shyness and doesn’t talk much. Read the rest of this entry »

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