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2001-10-08
Name: Editor A few children have trouble speaking, and some may not start even after they turn 2! Why does this happen?

1. Does your child respond to other environmental sounds?
2. Does your child have difficulty forming words and sentences?
3. Did your child learn to sit, stand and walk at the appropriate age?
4. Most importantly, are you and your spouse spending enough time interacting with your child?

Try out some tactics to help your child!

1. Speak to your child in simple sentences about whatever is happening around her.
2. When speaking to your child, speak at a slow rate using pauses at appropriate junctures.
3. There should be consistency in the formulation of your sentences.
4. Read to your child often, from a story book.
5. If you feel your child still has difficulty grasping the language, speak to her in one language only, for the time being. Make sure your other family members do the same.

Does your child also have speaking problem? How do you help him? Share with us!
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2017-04-06
#1
Name: abcd
Subject:  RE:Trouble Speaking?
Could you please suggest me what to do.
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2011-09-09
#2
Name: star
Subject:  same
My son is the same way I have him in speech therapy class
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2009-08-27
#3
Name: Simran Channey
Subject:  My son does not speak
My son is 2 yrs and 4 months. He babbles a lot, can hear and understand everything. I have been doing whatever has been suggested by you however he has not started talking yet. He has recently started going to play school. I am getting really worried. Please suggest what to do.
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2008-07-23
#4
Name: amudha
Subject:  talk lot
My daughter is 1 yr 4 months old.she talks well .From 8 months itself she started grasping and repeating small words whatever we say.She herself addresses people in mother tongue like athai,mamaa,anna,akka...If we ask simple questions in english she will respond very well.I bought lot of colourful picture books .She loves to identify the pictures and name them.She started singing simple rhymes ..now and there we have to hint her.around 7 months itself myself and all others in the family converse with her as if she is a grown up. eg..\" Do u feel sleepy?\" \" do u want a teddybear or duck ?\" \" do u want to wear frock or midi..\" \" what u want for dinner?\" \" comes let us go for a walk\" \" come let us go and meet akka\" like that..Slowly she started understanding all these now she replies very well with her choices ..I and my husband take her to Park ,beach and zoo whenever possible.There r lot of interesting things to show and share with our kid.After returning elders in home ask what and all she saw in zoo and park..She tell whatever she remembers ..like deer,elephant...etc. Few words she will use baby language like toto for Photo,Aebomine for aeroplane ,but she will tell correctly lot of difficult words like porcupine ,hippopotamus ,camel ,clock...and almost all words she tries to repeat correctly.friends u try showing lot of picture books,sing rhymes together and try to converse with ur kids as grownups.(but slowly and clearly)surely they will talk well.Dont worry.
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2016-08-08
#5
Name: namita
Subject:  RE:talk lot
amudha!thanks for such information!
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2008-07-12
#6
Name: Meenakshi
Subject:  Speech delay
Hi,
My son is three years old,he started speaking at age of 8 month old but now he doesnt speak too fluently as of his age kids do.He is in playschool now.he does not speak anything about his school when we asked him .he is very active and naughty,He generally hits kids of his age but not elders.

Could you please suggest me what to do.
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2008-07-12
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Name: Meenakshi
Subject:  Speech delay
hi ashima i am facing problem with my son but he speaks much more than your son,he is improving now but still i am worried i dont know what to do.Please suggest ashima and me on this
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2008-04-10
#8
Name: namitha
Subject:  Good Idea
Hi Rita

Good to see your message.

My best wishes to your son. It is indeed surprising to know that your three year old can read words.

My daughter is 2 1/2 years old although she had started speaking fluently by the age of 2. Since last few months (since she has started playschool) he has started stammering when she starts to speak it is not always. When I ask her to speak correctly she speaks in the correct way. I feel this could due to new languages she is hearing but still worried.

As you have written that you can email the sites where I can get the books. I can get it here in Mumbai from the shops also. But still if you can send the website so that I can find out more about the books it will be really helpful.

Thanks

Best wishes to your family

Namitha
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2008-03-03
#9
Name: Hema
Subject:  Speech Delay
Hello Ashima,

I have a similar problem with my 2year 7 month baby boy..What is your findings?Please reply me.
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2007-05-01
#10
Name: ashima
Subject:  speech delay
hi,my sons goin to b 3yrs next mth.he still doesnt speak properly only bables mama,dada,toy,baby etc but without any specific meaning.he communicates evrythin by takin our hand like he' ll bring his glass if he wants water,take us to door if he wants to go outetc.hes sttled in his playschool but doesnt engage with other kids,just watches them.hes v.aware of his environment so thst a gud sign.he dances on his songs,his fav songs keep changing.i feel hes v.conscious wid other kids as he knows he cant speak like thm so he stays away.he' ll watch but luk away wen they come near him.but he does ply wid older kids.hes learning to ride his bike but otherwise he doesnt want to learn anythin we teach him.so worried as hes so behind other kids.anyone advise pls.hes an active boy otherwise.he always listens to me but wont listen to others always.pls reply .thx.
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2008-04-03
#11
Name: Jayadev
Subject:  Speech Problem
Ashima,

My son will turn 2 this month. Till now he only speaks PAPA & MAMA. He hardly takes interest to speak. He communicate everything by taking our hands, like bringing bottle, opening bottle, going out & toilet. Since last week, he is going to a play school, but the teachers are saying he is too young for school. Nearby people are saying delay in speech is may be due to hearing problem, but he get wake up , when television is on with a very volume. Though he did not interact much with others, he always make himself busy/occupied with works.

Also her teachers are saying he is neither listening to them, neither sitting calm, also try to play with table, chair, dustbin & non toy object.

We are really worried, what to do, will any one help to let us know what to do ?

Thanks
Jayadev
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2007-04-30
#12
Name: amita
Subject:  Need help 4yr son not speaking
Rita,
I saw you message & need help about my son ho is not speaking much at around 4yrs of age.My Wife is going nuts about it & appreciate if you could share websites/cd' s you mentioned in you post
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2007-02-27
#13
Name: mom
Subject:  too many lang..
Hi,
I am a mother of 2 yrs old son. He is speaking words and very few sentences. The words are also not clear. He says, mama. papa. adda(for grandfather, susu, payi (water), baa(ball), tie(light..). Also he make very few sentnces like mama payi chayie. Actually he is exposed to too many lan at an early age. I speak Hindi, father(side) kannada, daycare- english and tamil),, Not sure if this is confusing him. He understands everything also speaks some thing all the time but hardly everyone can understand. Please help suugest. I am worried. I told my FIL and husband let' s speak in one coomon lang English so that he can atleast speak that but they think otherwise.
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2006-12-07
#14
Name: Nalinee
Subject:  speaking problems
hello
My son is 2 yr. and 2months old. He could speak only a few words like dadaji, nanaji, mamma, papa, aati(for aunty), cococo (for coconut), appa (for both aeroplane and apple), tile(for light),dudu(for milk),chappa(for chappals), baby, bachcha, beta and only a few others. He could not speak full sentences. We have bought a few CDs of nursery rhymes and downloaded a few softwares also but he is not developing speaking skills with a good pace. He gets more interested in DVD player or the computer instead of what is being shown to him. The only sentence he says is like mamma ka hai (where is mamma) or papa ka hai and the similar ones. He is otherwise very active. He loves to play with balls.Im worried very much. Please help me. Should i consult any speech therapist?
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2006-11-04
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Name: Chitra Srikanth
Subject:  speaking problems
My son is two years now and he speaks quick sentences like :how are you? , how do you do? clearly but he does not respond when asked what is your name? He does not even show signs of having understood his name. Even when called out repeatedly he never responds. Though he talks he prefers to be submerged in his world of what ever he is doing. I have used disney channel and taught him the names of cartoon characters. Now he repeats some names and says oh doodle with mickey. Still this problem is not solved. I feel very bad at times when people call him and he behaves as if he is deaf.

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2008-04-10
#16
Name: namitha
Subject:  speaking problems
Dear Chitra

Dont worry your son is only 2 yrs old. It is said that Boys speak little late than girls. Keep talking to him. Dont get irritated when he doesnt speak to people. It will discourage him. Children at this age are very shy. I know one of my cousin´ s son dnt speak till the age of 3 yrs and now he is a chatter box.

So please dont worry.

Best Regards
Namitha
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2006-08-15
#17
Name: sharon sutari
Subject:  Late in Speaking
Dear Editor,

My younger daughter is 3Yrs 9Mths & has had open heart surgery in May05. She is able to understand everything that is said & since the last few months speaks a few words but not complete sentences. She is presently in a play school (at nursery level)& can say a few of the rhymes only partly. Daily she sees a popular rhymes CD & is able to identify which rhymes follow each other. Also she is able to say alphabets from A-H (though not very clearly) & numbers from 1-10 (very clearly). Pls let me know if I shud get her evaluated by a speech therapist.
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2006-03-13
#18
Name: anuradha
Subject:  child's speaking problem
hi, my younger son is 2 years 9 months old. he is very active, intelligent, loves to mix with others and remember everything. but he is not speaking properly. he only says baba, mama, didi, dadu, appie(apple),mile(smile) , gari(car), mani(our driver's name), dudu(milk) etc. he can speak aroun 15-20 words but not says only first 2 letters of a word. his hearing ability is absolutely fine. we speak in bengali and english at home. he goes to a play school though due to his child asthama he missed out lot of classes. what should i do? will he be able to cope up with the other kids in nursery in a normal icse school in which he will be going from june 2006. i am very much worried and please tell me is it normal that a child is taking so long to speak. please i want a quick response.
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2006-02-12
#19
Name: Rita S T
Subject:  Speaking Difficulty? Play and music helps!
Hello!

I'm a mother of 3 plus year old son. He could speak words about 1 plus years old and read words by 2. Before his 3rd birthday, he was very interested in reading everything around him, signs, notices etc and was reading Little readers. Now, at 3 years 10 months, he is actively reading and enjoyed Ladybird stories likes the Wizard of Oz and Enid Blyton which he can read independently.

When he was very young, I exposed him to loads of music and songs. I also spoke to him and read to him Mini Magic storybooks(they are really nice little books that led the child pull out strips which changes the colour of the animal picture that is inside). Reflecting back, I noticed that his speech and ability to read as well as interest in reading and talking was to a large part because of those books and toys that he played. (If you are keen, I think I can email you the site to get the books.)

Talk to your child and sing with him while playing the toys with him and I hope he reaps the benefits that my little one has enjoyed.

All the best to you and your precious little ones!

Warmest wishes,
Rita S T
Singapore
Mother of a cheeky 3 plus year old son
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2016-08-11
#20
Name: abhi
Subject:  RE:Speaking Difficulty? Play and music helps!
it helps!
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