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  • teddybear1082 teddybear1082's Avatar 08-22-11 | 02:28 PM
  • Ds is 19 months old and he talks a ton.He probably has about 85-100 words and phrases he uses regularly so his language skills are awesome. My concern is his speech. I know he is only 19 months old, but it takes a trained ear to understand what ds is saying. He also reverses sounds a lot and doesn't complete most of his words. I know I should not compare, but at this age dd spoke very clearly. We could understand almost all of her words right away.
    At what age does this become a concern? Ds had a bunch or ear infections from about 8-15 months, so I worry that this may have affected his speech. Anyone have any advice? He doesn't go back to the ped until 2.
  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 08-22-11 | 03:11 PM
  • Girls typically speak earlier and better than boys. The guideline the evaluators used when Lukas had his evaluation was that by age 3, 50-75% of what the child says should be intelligible by a trained listener (parent who is around the child a lot, speech pathologist, teacher, etc.)

    I would worry less about intelligibility than I would about communication ability. My Lukas had great intelligibility and a huge vocabulary at an early age, so I never worried about his speech. What it took a trained evaluator to point out was that his language was not functional. He could label many things, but seldom used his words to ask for what he needed, talk about experiences, etc.

    I would keep a close eye on him, and if you still have concerns by the time he is two, have him evaluated by your state's early intervention agency. Are you in the Los Angeles area? The agency is called Regional Center in LA.
Thank you rudolphia!
teddybear1082 (08-22-11)
  • 3Princes 08-22-11 | 03:11 PM
  • 85-100 is a lot. At Brady's 18 month check, they asked for 25 words, and DH and I had to really think about if he says that many things. He is the most advanced of our children at this age, and now our kids are above average in language skills.

    I know that's not what you asked!!
    I think that probably developmentally his coordination of his mouth/tongue/muscles etc isn't as refined as his vocabulary nor is it as quick as his little brain needs it to be for all that he says. I'd proabably try to work on it myself and give it till age 2 since his language is so well-developed.

    One tool I use to work with brady that really works is tactile. I'd focus on one sound or one word at a time, and take his hand and make the sound so he can feel it on the inside of his hand-- like "dog"-- say it very clearly so the sound vibrates on his hand, then put his hand up to his mouth and say "Now, YOU say it." He does hear it and say it a lot better that way.
Thank you 3Princes!
teddybear1082 (08-22-11)
  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 08-22-11 | 03:12 PM
  • Oh, and if he does need speech therapy, your early intervention agency provides it in your home free of charge until age three, and then the school district will provide services after that age.
Thank you rudolphia!
teddybear1082 (08-22-11)
  • savannah33 savannah33's Avatar 08-23-11 | 08:37 AM
  • Another thing you can do is to strengthen his muscles in his mouth that form the words by blowing bubbles, chewing gum, drinking with straws. This was recommended by our speech therapist.
Thank you savannah33!
teddybear1082 (08-23-11)

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