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My Child Is Still Not Talking What Should I Do?

My Child Is Still Not Talking What Should I Do?

My Child Is Not Talking

Each child’s development has its own characteristics. While some children complete their developmental stages earlier than others, some may experience delays. The developmental stages that are considered to be in the normal range for children are determined by the range in which that stage is experienced in the general population. Therefore, early or late completion of developmental stages shows us the deviation from the norm. While these deviations sometimes indicate a problem, sometimes they are considered normal.

When should we think there is a problem?

Language development begins at birth and continues until the age of 6 years. Babies between 0-4 months start to babbling and babbling. Babies who start to say single syllables in the range of 4-6 months may take up to 8 months to remove syllables. Between 8-10 months, babies begin to develop a unique language. While non-specific parent words start to appear between 10-12 months, 12-14. imitating human voices and specifically mother-father words begin to appear in the first months Until the 15th month, two more words are used, except for parents, and until the 20th month, this number of words is expected to increase to 4. Babies start to put together 2 words by 18 months (a vocabulary of around 50), and at the age of 2-2.5 we expect them to form sentences containing a few words (a vocabulary of around 200). At the age of 3, they are able to form more complex sentences and start using two-syllable words as well as monosyllabic words. Children between the ages of 5-6 now switch to adult type speech, their vocabulary is highly developed and they can form sentences of 4-8 words.

These periods are special for every child. Some infants and children may experience a 1-2 month delay or early development. Especially in delays exceeding 1-2 months, it is beneficial for families to consult a specialist on the subject.

What are the causes of delayed speech in children?

First of all, it should be ensured whether there is a problem with the baby or child’s sound reception and oral development. For this reason, it is the first step to examine babies or children with speech delay by experts in the subject.
Insufficient stimulation, malnutrition, exposure to screen time, and caregiver depression can cause speech delay or limited vocabulary in infants and children.
The most common case of speech delay is specific language disorder. Specific language disorder is defined as an inability to develop language compared to peers. It is 3 times more common in boys than girls and shows genetic transmission.
Speech delay/absence is seen in disorders such as cerebral palsy or autism spectrum disorder. It is important for families to be careful about speech delays, especially since early diagnosis is vital in autism spectrum disorders.
Selective mutism is a pathology that manifests itself in the way that the child speaks with some people, in some environments or only in some languages ​​(such as speaking to only 1-2 people at home, talking to only 1-2 friends or teachers at school). In selective mutism, early intervention is of great importance in order to prevent the behavior pattern from settling.
Bilingual children may also experience delays in speech and language learning.

My Child Is Still Not Talking What Should I Do?

Late Talking Child Treatment and What to Do at Home

Treatment for speech delay or absence varies according to the diagnosis of the child. For this reason, it is of great importance to evaluate the child by experts in the field and to start treatment with the correct diagnosis. The importance of early intervention should not be forgotten, especially in some disorders.

● Talk to your child every day from birth, responding to their babbling and babbling.

● Say the names of objects over and over (This is an apple, this is a tree, etc.). Read age-appropriate stories and sing songs.

● Play with them one on one and let them guide you.

● Do not force him to speak, avoid getting feedback about his non-speaking.

● Bring your child together with peers.

● Limit screen time (TV, phone, tablet) as much as possible. Avoid screen exposure, especially before 3 years of age.

● In addition to remembering that each child’s developmental process is unique, consult the experts when you feel that there is a difference in development compared to their peers.

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