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#1 soontob6

Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:19 PM

Hi There,

My 16 mo ds doesn't say any words.  I can't even get him to say "ta".  He gabbles and will say dadadad etc but I don't think in context, and will say numnumnum when he's eating something he likes.  He nods and shakes his head when I ask him a question like does he want so and so.  He points at things he wants, waves goodbye, kisses and blows kisses when asked so I'm not concerned at all with his hearing.  He is my 4th and I have heard that can be a cause for late talking but it's doing my head in!

Everytime I give him something I say "ta" a couple of times or say "say ta", and I'll say what it is a couple of times like "Drink, drink" etc. and....nothing.  I'm starting to think he's just plain stubborn and not saying it on purpose just because he knows I want him to tongue.gif .
Is there anything else I can try or is it a matter of he'll do it when he's ready?

#2 Molokai

Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:43 PM

I'm not sure if this helps or not, but my 16 month old doesn't talk either. He babbles a lot, in his own language and says dadada. Points, but doesn't nod yes or shake for no. He waves goodbye but can't blow kisses. I know his hearing's fine (though selective, like his father's).

I googled this a few weeks ago and judging by the amount of hits it got ("16 month old not talking, should I be worried?") it seemed it was a very common question, and that alone made me stop worrying. I know others in Mother's Group can say up, down, no, yes, more, again, mum, dad, cat, dog, names of relatives etc, make noises of ambulances and the list goes on. But I just keep reminding myself they learn different things at different pace and trust that its not indicative of any issues.

I'll watch this thread for responses though.

#3 mamma bear

Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:45 PM

DS1 barely spoke until he was 2 but even now at 5 he isn't much of a talker.
DS2 now 18 months is never silent!!

I think a lot has to do with their personality.  

If you are concerned try repetitive words but in 3 different sentences;
"Look DS, here is your ball"
"The ball is red"
"Your ball is round"



#4 doubting thomas

Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

Same situation here. My 4th child is 16 months and not talking either. He doesn't wave or blow kisses either. He says "dadada" and "bububub" but just randomly.

I alternate between being a bit worried and very worried. I have an appointment with a developmental paediatrician in 2 months but I think my GP gave me the referral mainly to stop me worrying!

Hopefully they start chatting soon.

#5 Ruby red shoes

Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:58 PM

My dd wasn't talking much at that age- now at 22 months she is ahead of many of her peers. She has always been quite an observant child so I just figured she was just taking it all in.
Also, at 16 months I personally believe comprehension is more important than speaking. Does he understand what you are saying? Can he follow simple instructions?

#6 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

My DS is now 20 months but at 16 months to 18 months only had one word. He babbled a lot and had said other words in the past but didn't use them or would only say them if he was copying someone.

Between 19-20 months he has gotten a lot better. But only says stuff like "car", "mama", "dada", "nonno", "nonna", "toot toot", some word for cat, "bye bye", he kind of can say thank you but he's more using the tone that I say thank you and copying that instead of saying the words (I understand what he means though).

He can't count or say colours or anything like that.

I've had his hearing tested and that came back fine.

He understands a lot though, like if I tell him to go and switch the lamp on he'll go and do it, or if I tell him it's shower time he'll go to the bathroom. Just doesn't seem to speak apart from babble. He does sing a lot though.

#7 Sockergris

Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:05 PM

That seems in the range of normal to me but check with your MCHN or paed if you are worried.

Neither of my children spoke at that age.  I was concerned and told to wait until they were 2 before seeking help as it is very common for children to have a 'leap' around age 2.

Both of them went from saying practically nothing to complicated (for their age) sentences in a few short months.  Both of them are verbally gifted and I sometimes long for those days of relative quiet!  wink.gif

#8 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:22 PM

I would check hearing to rule that out.

My DS2 I didn't realise until he was 2.5yrs and finally started talking that he had fluid filled ears and could not hear properly. 3yrs later we are still dealing with the fall out of that hearing loss. He would respond to sound etc, but he was good at reading lips and interpretating body language rather than really hearing.

My nephew at 18m who has minimal babble has also got hearing loss caused by fluid filled ears.

Very easy to identify and usually easy to fix.




#9 SWMonkey

Posted 16 June 2013 - 03:47 PM

My DS is 16 months and pretty much says "Daddah" for DH but no other actual words. He babbles loads though and points, shakes his head for no and can follow instructions etc.

My MIL has a background in pediatric nursing and worked with deaf pre-schoolers. She is not worried at all about my DS, she says that he has "plenty of language, but not much speech yet".

#10 soontob6

Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:22 PM

Thanks for your replies.  I'm not too worried, more curious to see how many others are out there with the same situation.  I just remember at his 12 months check up, the child nurse asking how many words he was saying and surprised when I said none, so gave me ideas on what to do to help encourage him.  I dread what she's going to say at his 18 month check up when he still isn't saying anything!

#11 SWMonkey

Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (soontob6 @ 16/06/2013, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for your replies.  I'm not too worried, more curious to see how many others are out there with the same situation.  I just remember at his 12 months check up, the child nurse asking how many words he was saying and surprised when I said none, so gave me ideas on what to do to help encourage him.  I dread what she's going to say at his 18 month check up when he still isn't saying anything!


Interesting... my MCHN at DS's 12 month visit heard him babbling in the waiting room prior to seeing him and said that the babbles (in this case, daddah, mummum and bubbub) counted as three words, which is on track for that milestone. She was after legible babbles that DS does frequently to count as words, rather than actual words.

#12 _Alana_

Posted 16 June 2013 - 05:08 PM

My son is 16months and doesn't talk either. He has a mumma/bubba combined sound and depending on the tone for if he is happy, distressed, needs something amd this is what he uses for EVERYTHING !
He has no other babble sounds.
He was born 5 weeks prem and has low muscle tone & failure to thrive so has already been seeing a speechie since around 6months. She is pushing for words now. We see her in a couple weeks she wanted to see an improvement since last appointment so left 7 weeks between - it did nothing sad.gif
He is frustrated and has started biting. It breaks my heart.

#13 PonyoLand

Posted 16 June 2013 - 05:58 PM

My DS is 16.5 months. He babbles mumumum and dadadad but absolutely nothing else. He doesn't wave goodbye, nod or shake his head in response to questions or blow kisses. He does point to things he wants. He is just starting to get simple instructions like get the ball and he's starting to try a put his own shoes on when you talk about doing that.
So far his paed isn't concerned as he has expressive sounds, even if they aren't words, but I am wondering what the nurses will say at his 18 month check if he still hasn't added any more words.



#14 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:04 PM

mines not talking (or walking) - Im not *too* concerned - but I may get hearing tested as a PP suggested (would a GP do that or do you need an ENT specialist?) - he babbles - he says dadadadada - and mummum - he has once, as plain as day, pointed to his sock and said "sock" - he also once said peekaboo - but never to be repeated. he points, goes "wah wah wah" over his mouth with his hand (we used to call it native american style but not sure if thats PC) , and will mimic other gestures - he doesn't wave though.

he is cruising furniture and will walk pushing a trolly but is yet to walk unaided. I will keep an eye on him and if no progress at 18  months I will get it checked out.



#15 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:14 PM

Audiologist does hearing tests.

You can get GP referral to get Medicare rebate, but our without Medicare was $70



#16 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:17 PM

Thanks...going to the GP tomorrow as it happens ( he has a nasty cough) so I might get it checked out and get a referral....


#17 harryhoo

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:24 PM

My 16 month old DS doesn't have any words. Babbles and 'sings' constantly though and can make animal sounds (like quack and woof). He goes through 'mamamam' and 'dadadad' phases but they're not in context. His hearing seems fine as he follows instructions and responds to noises appropriately and copies noises we make (like uh-oh). I was a bit concerned a while a go (when a friends baby the same age had about 5 words) but a speech pathologist I know said don't worry until he's 2, and then if he doesn't have any words get him checked out then.

#18 Liz75

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:28 PM

My 22 month says hardly anything, he is the 2nd child. Sometimes I get concerned, sometimes not. He babbles a lot and I don't understand much but then he will come out with something to make me change my mind, like point at the door handle and say 'high'. Or point at a child being naughty and say 'naughty'. He understands everything I say to him, and very complex things too ie we can't play outside till we clean up inside - he will get the broom or pack away toys.

My first child was slow but literally overnight started talking and he has not stopped talking. He is ahead for his age.

At 16months, unless there was a history of ear infections or ENT issues I would not be concerned.

#19 Domestic Goddess

Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:45 PM

DS had no words at 18 months. After seeing a speech therapist for 3 months, he had 3 words. At 2yo I swapped him from family daycare to a large centre due to 3 carers pursuing other careers. It was too unsettling for DS to have a new car every time.
Early Childhood Intervention said I shouldn't put him in a big centre (he has ADHD and sensory problems), but his pead said he'd be fine.
He got put in a room full of 2yo kids. At family daycare he didn't
have kids his own age to play with.
Now, 1,5 year later, he won't stop talking, full stop. The ONLY time he stops talking, is when he's in bed. He has a vocabulary equal to a 5yo. He just speaks too fast and therefore has troubles with articulation.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that all kids develop in their own way and pace. Give him a bit more time and see how he goes when he is over 18 months old.
DS hung out with kids his age and it just suddenly clicked. I was always wishing for him to start talking, but now I'm wishing he'd stop talking lol.

Oh and boys are often slower with talking, than girls original.gif

#20 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 16 June 2013 - 07:48 PM

My DS2 and my nephew did not have recurrent ear infections. A simple cold or even hay fever blocking the sinuses can cause hearing loss (and not clear when the cold does).

As I said before with DS2 we didn't realise his hearing loss until 2.5yrs when he finally started talking more and realised he sounded like he was talking under water..... Hearing test showed moderate earring loss and fluid filled ears. The Speechie was amazed at his abilities to follow complex instructions even though he could not hear.

A hearing test is something simple and easy to do to rule that out as a cause. My DS1 had nearly mo words until 2.5yrs, but by 33m was saying "perhaps a train may be coming soon". Based on DS1 we didn't realise DS2 had an issue until it nearly was too late (he only just got up to scratch to start school at 5.5yrs - kinder teacher actually recommended he repeat 4yo kinder and start school at 6.5yrs). That is why when my nephew ad not much to say at 16m I suggested to my sister a hearing test. Sure enough fluid filled ears.





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