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2003-08-16
Name: Lovie Hello,
I have a little bit of concern for my 17 month old daughter. She isn't saying but only a couple of words.

I just discovered that my husband didn't talk until he was a couple of months past 3 years of age.

Is it possible for this to be a family trait? Is is common for a child to not talk early if one of his or her parents didn't?

I was just so shocked to discover my husband didn't begin talking until this age, so, I just wanted to know if anyone has any input or comments.

Thank you in advance,
Lovie Krishnan
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2003-09-05
#1
Name: kavitha
Subject:  hi lovie
hi,
My doc told me that if we speak in more than 1 language ,it will delay the speech, but its really good thing to speak in more than 1 lang....kids have very good grasping power during their 1st 5years compared to the rest of their life...so if u speak in different languages it may delay her speech but by the time she is five she will be fluent in all the languages that u speak...i have seen so many people using more than 3languages at home and even their kids speaking more than 3lang by the age of 5..so all the best and try to speak in as many lang as possible
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2003-09-14
#2
Name: Lovie
Subject:  So excited
Thank you Kavitha,
I appreciate your response. I am looking forward to my little girl becoming fluent in all the household's languages.

Thank you so much for taking some of your time to repsond.
Take care,
Lovie
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2003-09-04
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Name: monisha
Subject:  multilingual
before you speak only one language to her.... does she understand (i.e. respond) to any/all the languages? my daughter (16 months) hears bengali, english, marathi, tamil in practically equal proportions. she (I think) understands all and chooses which words from which language she wants to use. we are hoping she will ultimately speak all the languages!
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2003-09-04
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Name: Lovie
Subject:  Her speech
Hello Monisha,
I was observing my daughter and I noticed she does seem to understand what others' are saying to her regardless of if it's Marathi, Hindi, English...

What I'm thinking is, I should just encourage her to say words and keep talking and letting everyone around us talk in whatever language...I know eventually she will start talking more...

As a matter of fact, today it seemed as if she was asking for "more cereal" in Marathi...but, by the time I realized she said it, I tried to get her to say it again, she just teased me.

I will keep you all updated on her progress...I worry so much about my baby...I just want her to talk so much to me and eventually say "I love you Mommy"...it doesn't matter what language she says it in.

Take care,
Lovie
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2003-09-03
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Name: monisha
Subject:  17 month milestone
is your's a multi lingual household? do you have a maid who spends adequate time with your baby but speaks a different language? Your daughter could be hearing too many languages, and while she may be able to understand all that everyone says, she may be delaying her speech
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2003-09-03
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Name: Lovie
Subject:  Milestones
Hello Monisha,
Thank you for your response. I think my problem has been my daughter hearing too many languages and getting confused. My maid is speaking broken English, my husband is speaking Marathi, Hindi, and mixed English, and I speak mostly English...hoping my daughter will understand what I say to her. She's probably confused.

I am going to try to have more consistency with my little girl. I will try to keep one language flowing at a time.

Thank you so much for your help,
Sincerely
LK
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2003-09-02
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Name: sandhya
Subject:  keep trying
you should constantly keep talking to your daughter, only then will she be able to pick up words. dont just make her repeat one or two words. just keep talking to her, as if she can understand everything you say. point things out and keep talking. also, find out if your child's hearing is alright. it should be, but it doesnt hurt to be doubly sure. all the best!
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2003-09-03
#8
Name: Lovie
Subject:  Thank you
Dear Sandhya,
Thank you so much for your response. I think I will try what you mentioned. I think I will carry on conversation with my child even if she isn't saying every word back.

I will keep you all updated on her progress.

Thank you so much for your response,
Sincerely,
LK
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