Why Isn’t My Toddler Speaking?

Every baby is special, wonderful and unique. As they grow up, as parents we get concerned about their well being. You get worried if they do not sit, walk or speak at the right age. When you see other toddlers speaking complete sentences you get upset that your toddler is not able to. As a parent it is important to address these concerns rather than worry over it.

If a 12 to 24 month old’s speech and vocabulary is limited you need to address the following concerns. Firstly is your toddler establishing eye contact, if not it is possible that he may have communication disability commonly known as autism.

It is wise to find out at an early stage as such toddlers will not babble, may not speak at all and will develop tantrums for specific things. Autistic children will need special care and attention and the earlier you find out, the better.

You need to evaluate her hearing periodically. You need to be sure she can hear what you say and is responding accordingly. You will need to monitor how well he understands things around him, people, places etc. Does she try to repeat all that you say or does she imitate what you do? It is important that she imitates of her own free will not by being forced to.

Keep a daily or weekly log to record the new words she is saying and how much the communication has improved. You can wait till your toddler is till 2 years of age. If you still feel her language skills are not improving you may meet a local speech therapist and seek her advice.

Begin with speaking short simple sentences regularly with your toddler. Do not speak eloquent English…simple words and sentences will be easier to pick up. Two word sentences are best first let him learn that then you can teach him more.

Do not ask too many questions to your toddler. Experts believe that 20% questions and 80% statements are sufficient. Too much questioning for a child with articulation difficulty can be frustrating so limit yourself. Follow these simple tips, spend lot of quality fun time with your child and you will soon want her to stop speaking!!!

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.