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#1 gemgirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

I just got a 10 month old foster child, who doesn't respond to her own name. I haven't had loads of experience with this age before, so wonder what is normal. Thanks

Edited by gemgirl, 13 December 2012 - 10:55 AM.


#2 Alwayswantingmore

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:03 AM

Mine does, he has for quite awhile. Does she respond to anything you say?

#3 gemgirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

Yes, she is very interactive. But if she isn't looking at you and you call for her, she never turns her head or responds

#4 itsmemacdolby

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

My son didnt at this age (I remember going for our MCHN check up and mentioning it) - you could get her ears checked? My son ended up having glue ear.

#5 ~Kay~

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

Yes mine does and usually 'answers' with a 'Huh' or other grunt.

But all kids are different, so I wouldn't be concerned.

She's 10.5 months and not crawling, she's my 3rd girl so very interesting to see how they all reach milestones in their own time.



#6 niggles

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:19 AM

Mine did by that age but maybe don't worry too much. They are very fast learners at that age so use her name a lot in context as you talk to her over the coming days and weeks and see what happens.

Good luck and let us know how she goes. original.gif

#7 ~Supernova~

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:37 AM

My 9mth old only does when he wants to, he's usually far too interested in getting into mischief to listen to me. But the second I ask him if he wants food/ask if he is hungry...whinge, whinge, whinge and he comes crawling at speed lol.

#8 harryhoo

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:53 AM

My almost 10 month old does unless he's interested in doing something else. I actually said to DH the other day maybe I should get his hearing checked - but then he responds to the slightest noises, like a key in the front door, if he's not engrossed by something else he's doing or watching. I probably wouldn't be too concerned if she's responding most of the time to sounds.

#9 Ice Queen

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

Yes, both mine have by then (but only just) BUT it is a response to something they have heard over and over and over and over and over again for 10mths.  If your fostered baby has had a rough start and given very little attention then chances are she hasnt actually heard her name very much so her name is just another 'word' that she is yet to figure out.

It is hard to judge not knowing the full circumstances of her previous 10mo.

#10 mummaorange

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

every child is different. Considering she is in foster care- you really don;t know what she has been through IYKWIM? Also some people call their child pet names rather than their name also.. like bubby, baby etc.

#11 podg

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

She doesn't think her name is 'bubba' or similar, does she?

Edited by podg, 13 December 2012 - 12:16 PM.


#12 WinterIsComing

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

My son is 10 months and has been turning around to the sound of his name for many months now.

We did take care to use his name every time we spoke to him since birth, so may be your foster child hasn't heard her namea lot.

#13 ~carmen~

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

Yes agree with pp that maybe she hasn't heard her own name repeated a lot & often in same voice. Or might respond to a nickname too! My DD is 10 mths as has responded to me calling her name for several months & will now stop & look directly at me. Each bub is different thou & doesn't sound too bad if she is responsive in all other milestones original.gif x

#14 katieface84

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

yep my seven month old responds to her name and has for a few weeks now.

#15 greatwon2

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

My first thought was that perhaps she was being called by a nick name not her real or full name ... does her name have any common shortenings you could try?
And sadly some of the previous posters reply's may be on the mark , it may just be that she's not had much attention for the last 10 months

As always tho a trip to the health nurse never hurts and I'd be taking her to a trip to the GP too just to check how her growth and general health is , as well as hearing and vision and immunizations ..her case worker should have a record of if she's upto date on those , otherwise you'll need to discuss starting a catch up program for her as soon as possible

Hope all goes well for you both

#16 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Mine has for awhile but I agree with PP that they all develop differently. If you are concerned though I agree with seeing the GP or MCHN

#17 gemgirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (podg @ 13/12/2012, 01:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She doesn't think her name is 'bubba' or similar, does she?


She always smiles when I call her 'bubba wubba' (embarrassing, yes), but there is no smile or identification of her name, from me or anyone else. It might be an attention thing, or a different name/ voice. I don't think it is hearing, as she is responsive otherwise.  We have had a full medical, so I think it is just her getting used to her name and being spoken to.

#18 gemgirl

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

And thanks, everyone original.gif

#19 Etienne

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

My DD has responded to her name for some time now also.  Like others have said unlikely to be anything to worry about and it may just take her some time to adjust or get familiar with her name!

I hope you have a great time getting to know each other, this is such a cool age biggrin.gif

#20 Runnercoz

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:30 PM

My almost 1yo boy only just started responding to his name a week or so ago. He has been late with some things but early with others (eg started walking at 11 months but still hasn't properly crawled, only commando crawled). We have called him by his name right from the start so it wasn't that he hadn't heard it enough, he was just focussing on developing other skills. HTH

#21 gemgirl

Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

Update: one month on and she now responds to her name every time. Well, unless she is busy doing something better wink.gif

So heart warming original.gif




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