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Thread: 2 1/2 year old stopped speaking

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    I do not agree with him having to use the right word. Using a word that he uses for that item is his way of commincating - I think the goal is communication whether or not its the correct word. And be careful not to have him associate talking to get basic needs met - it shouldnt be a form of discipline especially if he lacks the ability right now. And if youre going to give in after five times or ten then he will just learn to wait that long until you give in. Also lots of positive reinforcement when he communicates in a verbal way.
    I agree with this. Coaxing him to tell you what he wants (rather than show you) can be done in the spirit of playfulness. Encourage him to 'help you' to understand what things are called by him. Repeat back the sounds he makes as a question. Sometimes make it 'wrong' and allow him to correct you. Reward him whenever he tries.

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    It would be best to get an opinion from a pediatric neurologist who can evaluate your son on many levels including developmental concerns and ruling out any possible early signs of genetic, metabolic, neurological or other disorders.

    That type of workup is more detailed than general routine pediatric visits. Why not give yourselves peace of mind as parents? Perhaps the pediatric nurse in the office can also provide you with general guidelines regarding basic milestones.
    Originally Posted by male2008
    My son is 2 1/2 years old. He did start speaking when he was about 1 old but the basics, mama, dada, fell, and so on. Then he stopped and about a year ago he went to have his ears checked and they where both blocked and he had to have "pipes" inserted into them. Im not really worried that he is autistic or something major wrong. But it is concerning.

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    Originally Posted by Wiseman2
    It would be best to get an opinion from a pediatric neurologist who can evaluate your son on many levels including developmental concerns and ruling out any possible early signs of genetic, metabolic, neurological or other disorders.

    That type of workup is more detailed than general routine pediatric visits. Why not give yourselves peace of mind as parents? Perhaps the pediatric nurse in the office can also provide you with general guidelines regarding basic milestones.
    It typically is not a pediatric neurologist. It's a developmental pediatrician. The neurologist would be if there was a problem or potential problem in the brain area.

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