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She one day shortly after two just started talking and now she talks just like a little adult she sometimes doesn't know the word for something and calls it by the shape or color but this happened after Alex was born and dh went back to work Alex was a very needy infant so in order to get what she wanted/ needed she had to start talking more and now well sometimes I wish I could go back
Its not getting Lucy to talk that's the trick, its getting her to stop! Her mouth constantly moves some days. Its only recent though. Perhaps the last 6 weeks or so. Before that she really only spoke up when she needed something. Now I think she has a need to talk my ears off.
A.J has a severe speech delay but since we started his Biomedical treatment for Autism last month his speech has improved at an amazing rate. His speech therapist and IBI therapist are amazed!
A.J may be behind in his words but he understands everything I say. He is great at following instructions, so he understands what we are asking. Just waiting for his words to come.. Right now he is little parrot. His last session with the Speech therapist, she wanted him to repeat 5 words in reference to the action. A.J did 25 words.
Thanks ladies. Billy will talk if he wants something or if I ask him to tell me what he is playing with at that moment. I have to prompt him to say things, such as, when he passes gas, I say "What do we say after we fart?" and he responds with "Excuse me."
Liam was heading toward what I thought was delayed too. I talked to a friend of mine who is a speech therapist (and has a speech delayed son as well!). She said that generally, if they have 100 words by age three and use them regularly (even with prompting), they are not technically considered delayed. I was kinda surprised, since it seems like so few words and that the kids don't have to be talking on their own accord. But she did say that if I was worried, it didn't hurt to have them assess him.
That said, starting in May, Liam became a jabber jaws. He just BAM started talking one day. Even DH was like...uh, when did he learn to talk?! He is pretty constant now and does short sentences (like less than six words). He will repeat almost any word/phrase I ask him to. Which is really too much fun for my immature brothers
So I guess he really was just listening and taking it all in. I am sure some of it has been like Natty and he had to learn how to talk because there are two kids now. Kieran getting really active and needy has probably made Liam have to make his needs known more.
Bailey is fantastic with her speech. Not as well as Thomas was at this age, but complete "normal" according to the books. I've completely lost count of how many words she uses now, and it seems like it's been months of her talking non stop about everything. Just this morning she saw the boys awake sitting on the floor watching something on the television, she grabbed a hand from each boy and said, "Come on boys, let play! I da princess and you da dings" (kings)
Collin on the other hand, at this age had a vocab of less than 5 words.
He understood everything and easily followed direction, but could not say the words. It didn't help that he had Thomas who understood every little utterance and facial expression and what it meant and I always gave him what he wanted when he pointed and said, "uh".
If you are worried, and your state has a birth to three program or something like it, look into it. Our pedi always said Collin was fine, some kids take longer, blah blah blah. Birth to three said the same but was willing to work with him to help him express himself and his needs.
Nicole: Tom's Wife [5.7.05]; Mommy of Thomas [9.6.05], Collin [1.17.08], & Bailey [10.2.09]
I was concerned about catie's speech too. I took her for a hearing test, which she passed. I knew she would since she responds when we talk to her. And we scheduled a speech evaluation for August. But it seems like since the hearing test her speech has exploded. When she had the hearing test in May she was only saying between 10-12 words. Now she's doubled or maybe tripled that. Some new things she's now saying
"I coming" (she says this when the dog is barking to be let back in the house)
"Where going?" (where are you going)
"What doing?" (What are you doing)
Em or Emmie
Beebee (baby) (this is what she calls our rabbits, because i always refer to them as babies)
I plan to keep the speech eval appointment just to see where she is in comparison to other kids her age. But we've had other people (family, sunday school teachers) that have said they've noticed an improvement in her speech.