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Two year old doesn't talk

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Salam all

In an otherwise healthy, cheerful, and affectionate toddler, what would be possible causes of speech/language delay? Autism is the first thing that comes to mind, but what else should be considered?

Hearing has not yet been checked, but he reacts to sounds and enjoys music/songs on children's shows on the TV, and he makes noise for enjoyment.

He was not breathing at birth and was on breathing and feeding tubes for five days. 

There is some family history of auditory processing disorders and autism, no other delays. 

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Salams,

I am no expert, but based on whatever I have learned so far, I know one of the causes of speech delay is lack of hearing. I would have hearing tested. Autism classically presents with  poor social interactions, repetitive/ritualized behaviors, communication deficits and restricted interests. I would try to see if most of these signs are present. Another thing to note is sometimes kids spend a lot of time watching shows on TV/ipads, etc, without having adequate human interaction, which is needed for verbal/speech development. But, as a start I would look into hearing testing

Salman

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2 minutes ago, Miss Wonderful said:

Does he like to point? I remember when I worked for a preschool, that some toddlers spoke before they walked, and others walked before they spoke.

He used to point, nod, shake his head, and say "mom", "dad", "hummus", and "banana", but doesn't anymore, or only very rarely, but he has recently started babbling in a way that sounds very much like speech (intonation) and even sometimes almost sounds like words or phrases. 

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11 minutes ago, salman1 said:

Another thing to note is sometimes kids spend a lot of time watching shows on TV/ipads, etc, without having adequate human interaction, which is needed for verbal/speech development. 

I'll look into this. He does like to have TV on while he plays with toys, but he doesn't really sit and watch except some favorite parts or when he is tired. 

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On 5/12/2017 at 11:56 AM, Ali_Hussain said:

Salam, 

I read an article today that spoke about children who were allowed to play with smart phones and tablets at a young age not developing as they should.

That's interesting. With my daughter I always used the tablet as an educational toy which I played with her, but my son really isn't interested in it. 

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6 minutes ago, notme said:

That's interesting. With my daughter I always used the tablet as an educational toy which I played with her, but my son really isn't interested in it. 

 

I guess like with anything you can use it for good as well. The article was more about giving it to them to keep them occupied.

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1 minute ago, Ali_Hussain said:

I guess like with anything you can use it for good as well. The article was more about giving it to them to keep them occupied.

Yeah I got that. I'm too much a cheapskate to hand a small child a fragile and expensive electronic device! 

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My son wasn't really saying anything around the age of 2. Doctor recommended speaking a lot to him. Aged 9, while his English is ok, but he speaks Urdu as if he has just landed from Mars. He writes well, however, and has done better than his (otherwise brighter) older sis in story competitions.

OTOH a nephew is deaf (needed a cochlear implant) and the treatment/therapy is a real drain on their entire family. So I'd really get the hearing checked asap.

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In al-Faqih: In his narration from Zurarah from Abi Ja’far (as) who said: al-Husayn (as) was slow in talking (when he was a child), until it was feared that he would never speak. Once the Holy Prophet (S) went (to the masjid) for salah carrying him between his shoulders and made him stand on his right side.

The people lined up behind the Holy Prophet (S) for prayer. As he started the salah (by reciting the takbir), al-Husayn (as) (also) recited the takbir. When the Prophet (S) heard this he recited the takbir (again), so al-Husayn (as) repeated the takbir (again). The Noble Prophet (S) repeated this seven times and al-Husayn (as) recited the takbir seven times and this became established as the sunnah

al-Faqih 1:305

https://www.al-islam.org/sunan-an-nabi-sayyid-muhammad-husayn-tabatabai/chapter-16-adab-salat-ritual-prayer#f_cbc1d6b4_41

Edited by Ali_Hussain

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3 hours ago, notme said:

I'll look into this. He does like to have TV on while he plays with toys, but he doesn't really sit and watch except some favorite parts or when he is tired. 

Lol reminds of myself when I was a kid that was pretty much exactly what I did. Sometimes I watched it though.

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I wouldn't label the two year old as being autistic. Some children develop later than others. 

I would recommend taking him to some kind of preschool and dare care center for him/her to receive proper interaction with other children his age. 

Read/sing a lot to him. And when he gets older, only educational TV shows like Between the Lions. 

Edited by Islandsandmirrors

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2 hours ago, starlight said:

Does he understand and follow simple directions like 'get your (toy name)' 'drink your milk', 'we are going out' etc?

Is hard to tell what he understands. He sometimes responds, if he feels like it.

The pediatrician referred him to an audiologist and a pediatric developmental specialist. He's very "normal" in the way he plays and interacts with family. He just doesn't talk. 

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On 5/12/2017 at 0:44 PM, Haji 2003 said:

My son wasn't really saying anything around the age of 2. Doctor recommended speaking a lot to him. Aged 9, while his English is ok, but he speaks Urdu as if he has just landed from Mars.

urduu? I always thought you were an Iraqi boy. Lol

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On 5/12/2017 at 10:01 PM, Miss Wonderful said:

urduu? I always thought you were an Iraqi boy. Lol

On a good day people think I am Greek or even Italian.

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:salam:

Check his hearing just as a precaution.

Another factor -you mentioned humus- might be a duality of parental languages, or a duality between his cartoons and home languages.

My 3 years old has started speaking very recently. While we were trying to teach him arabic for the first two years, he developped french very quickly.

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One of my cousins couldnt speak for a while.His parents spoke English,grandparents spoke Seriaki,servants spoke Sindhi and teachers spoke Urdu.Parents were advised to use urdu and he is fine now though his Sindhi isnt that great.Like someone said speak a lot to him.Most likely he will start soon.

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I can't add much to what's already been said, but get his hearing checked to be on the safe side, considering family history. You said his other reactions are okay, so he will turn out fine inshallah. Just speak to him a looooot.

We were also worried about my two year old nephew. He is three and turning out well. Some kids take longer to speak than others. His elder brother starting speaking like a little doll before he was fully a year old. But the elder grew up with dozens of people speaking into his face morning and evening; the younger one was brought up abroad in a small isolated flat with only his mother to speak to him. That's probably why it took him longer to get going.

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^^^^, and

On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 0:53 PM, silasun said:

inshAllah he grows up to be a little Einstein! :einstein:

Einstein didn't talk until he was 4.

My nephew is 21 months and says only a few words, like "abu" for 'bravo' and "amu". but otherwise does long babbles.

One reason is he hears 3 languages, so he hasn't started sorting it out. He does "listen" and understands some things.

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