Speech delay for 2 yrs 10 month kid

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deepak237 2013-11-04 12:32:47


Hi All, 

Just joined the group, appreciate people responses to get their kids better,

My 2 yr 10 month old kid have speech delay, Couple of doctors mentioned this is not autism and home speech therapy.

Here are the details, She can respond to her name, understand many of our commands ( like get the remote, sit,stand, will go out etc ), most of the time you have to ask her question , then she respond. Majorly so far they are only one word answers like what do you want to eat ? milk or chocolate ? .She can recognize and spell alphabets, numbers , colors, fruits etc. BUT she does not initiate her self a discussion other than singing rhymes or alphabets ?  

What Should I do ? have any one seen similar behavior for abut 3 yrs old kid ? Do i need to join her in special school ? should we evaluate her skills with speech therapist and to know where she is , what problem she has ?

Can you please provide speech and communication therapists in hyderabad,

Really appreciate your support,

Thanks in advance, 

mizzs 2013-11-04 13:34:14


Was your child assessed by a developmental paediatrician/clinical psychologist? Or was it a general physician/paediatrician? Lack of initiation is a big red flag. 

deepak237 2013-11-04 15:07:39


Thanks for the reply, assessed by pediatrician and she mentioned she don't see any autism related or any other issues with my kid, She mentioned this might be a regular delay. But i m worried when compared to other kids of this age. 

deepak237 2013-11-05 09:15:21


Hi All,
Can any one provide references for developmental paediatrician/clinical psychologist in hyderabad ? Appreciate your help


ramsvalli 2013-11-09 12:46:24



Did you find any of the speech therapist for your kid in Hyd ?.


kisha 2013-11-19 00:47:47


My daughter is 3.3 years .. shd doesnt talk yet... Shd can speak very few words like..no.. car..ma..dog .. cow..she goes to nursery at little elly..

anuch 2013-11-20 15:50:00


Even my son is 3 years old and he cant speak sentence. Just few words...
Mummy come..., happy b'day, few rymes ....

 Former member 2013-11-22 10:18:01


Hi all, a sigh of relief to see tht I m not alone, my son has exactly the same concerns as tht f d first post, we too hd consulted doc who said the same, need valuable feedback in dis regard. Thnks.

deepak237 2013-11-22 22:24:55


We took our kid to speech therapist for evaluation, she did mentioned she might have minor or no hyperactive behavior, hyperactive behavior is difficult to distinguish in kids as general kids will be active, can not be even judged by pediatricians ( which is true, i referred to web, only way to identify is keeping them in observance of speech therapy/who can diagnose), that might be the reason she is not paying much attention. Asked to make my kid to involve in physical activities ( bicycle, games ) so that she get tired and listen to you as she can sit at one place. She clearly mentioned there is no autism related issues, and she will speak but might be bit delayed. 
Asked us if we want we can send her to speech therapy ( their clinic ).

Kids are always fun and challenge :) 

Good luck and WIsh me Good luck :) 


mizzs 2013-11-23 06:29:49


I am a bit confused by your post...if my reply confuses you in turn, my apologies. First and foremost, a speech therapist should not diagnose hyperactivity. (I wasn't sure if the speech therapist did so or not.) only an educational psychologist or child psychiatrist can do so. A speech therapist can identify/diagnose  language based needs and if hyperactivity is the reason a child doesn't attend then you need to go back and find a good diagnostician. The reason I stress this is because the earlier you get the right diagnosis the better for your child. 
At such a young age hyperactivity can be for various reasons, not just autism. 

What did the speech therapist say about his not initiating communication? That is important for your child. Another factor to remember....if a child is not meeting the speech milestones, then you MUST give him speech therapy. Delayed speech is an early indicator of language based learning disability and will show up when he gets to school....it doesn't have to be a big gap but sufficient to make extra work for both of you. So if he has a language delay, do put him in speech therapy. This way you will reduce the gap even before he enters school. I am surprised that the therapist left the choice to you!

do find out the right details about this hyperactivity issue. It is painful to keep looking out when you think you may have the answer but doing so will help you access the right kind of help for your child. Unfortunately, diagnostics is not well developed in India and it is hard to find developmental pediatricians well experienced in this field to guide you. 

kisha 2013-11-23 16:49:43


My daughter was diagnosed as having developmental delay... She s a preterm baby wit delayed milestones.. I was worried dat she might be autistic.. i was getting her speech therapy ..occupational therapy..physiotherapy.. and stimulation..for a year.. now she goes to nursery in a normal school not a special school.... der is overall improvement but lagging in speech.. now she can recognize colours.. animals.. few alphabets..though she cant say it..she can articulate very few words n some sounds..now i ve stopped therapy... I myself try n teach her routinely...ive seen umpteen number of doctors pediatricians neurologists therapists n phsycologists in bangalore .. ive Even consulted in nimhans bangalore.. but to no avail... Now Im teaching her myself.. i use a few dvds like baby babble and your baby can read.. which have helped to some extent..i make her do lots of activities like colouring.. sorting objects.. threading beads.. i use a lot of flash cards.. picture books to teach her..she s 3.3 now.. she understands wat i say.. obeys simple command.. she s not potty trained yet .. Im trying though..

npm123 2013-11-29 11:50:45


Hi All,

My daughter is around 2.5 years old and we had a very interesting problem when she was around 1.5 years old.

She started speaking arund 1.5 years old in mono sylabbles and in an effort to have her pick up more words, we turned to televisions / cds and she stopped speaking.

Please do not resort to animated stuff or digital stuff till the age of 3. That is when they can understand the differnce between what is real and what is not.

A kid - till 3 years - has to be confined to around 1 hour of tv or any digital content.

We have now stopped all digital content and occasionally have her see stuff for a max of 1-2 hours a day.

She has picked up speech from things she sees and hears. She learns stuff from the things that she plays with and she constantly brings up sentences that are partly meaningful to us and partly not co coherent. But she can speak sentences now.

Some of this feedback was from the child paeditrician that we consult who admonished us for showing her more tv. 

Hope this helps.

anuch 2013-11-29 14:44:56


Thanks for the inputs.
Yes, my son also watches POGO all the time other than his school timings. 
He cries loudly if we stop the TV.
Let me stop him watching the TV.

Fatima25 2016-03-30 17:29:13


Hi,my son is 4 years old n he has delayed speech,he says 2 words but no sentences,follows instructions but does not say what he did at school , i m staying abroad n he is going to a play school here,planning for a vacation to Hyderabad,can anyone suggest me.gud schools for him ,n also who is the best docter I can consult , thanks

pradhyu 2016-04-07 15:53:03


Hi My son is 4.4 still little he is slow in speaking but we did not worried we made him to listen music and he starting singing my kind advice pls don't insist on them by going speech therapy just make them to listen music and u start speaking with them u can definitely see change

ash3 2017-06-21 17:25:27


Hi. My son has similar issue. Can u suggest what did u do. To overcome this. Kindly reply. Would be a life saver for me --worried Mom

Dhaarini 2017-06-26 11:37:03


Children at 3 to 4 years will usually be actively learning language and asking many questions.

Children develop skills at different rates, but by 4 years usually children will:

  • Listen to longer stories and answer questions about a storybook they have just read.
  • Understand and often use colour, number and time related words, for example, 'red' car, 'three' fingers and 'yesterday / tomorrow'.
  • Be able to answer questions about €˜why€™ something has happened.
  • Use longer sentences and link sentences together.
  • Describe events that have already happened e.g. 'we went park.'
  • Enjoy make-believe play.
  • Start to like simple jokes.
  • Ask many questions using words like €˜what€™ €˜where€™ and €˜why€™.
  • Still make mistakes with tense such as say 'runned' for €˜ran€™ and 'swimmed' for €˜swam€™.
  • Have difficulties with a small number of sounds €" for example r, w, l, f, th, sh, ch and dz.
  • Start to be able to plan games with others.
Basically stop your other work, engage a maid for the household and Spend more or all the time with your kid. 
Stop TV and Computer, Take him to a park, Look for his age group kids and make friends with those. Fix up play dates, Celebrate his every word, give encouragement for every word he discovers or talks.  


Dhaarini 2017-06-26 11:39:53


Many of you have been interested in how to stimulate more speech from your toddlers so I thought I would share a few tricks I use as a speech therapist. Most often children just need a little more incentive to get them talking so I like to use what is known to speech therapists as €œCommunicative Temptations.€

There are many ways of €œtempting€ your child to speak. Here are 8 Communicative Temptations I have found helpful in therapy. After getting the idea of how this works, I€™m sure you will be able to come up with some of your own €œtemptations€. If you do and they seem to work for you, please share them with us.

1. Eat something your child loves in their presence with out offering them any. When your child indicates that they would like some, model a more advanced way for them to make the request, whether it is using a sign, a word or a simple phrase. For example, if your child points and grunts to the candy, model the sign for candy then wait and see if your child will imitate the sign candy. If your child simply keeps pointing and grunting take his/her hand and help him make the sign for candy then reward him/her with the candy.

2. Play with something your child loves but don€™t offer to share.
For instance if your child loves playing with playdough and wants to participate in the fun, you could model the /p/ sound for €œplease€ or €œplay,€ or you could model the signs for please or play. If your child can already say one word model a two word phrase for him/her to imitate like, €œplay please.€

3. At meal time and snack time give your child bite size portions, rather than dishing up a whole serving for them, then wait for them to request more. If no attempt is made model the sign €œmore,€ help them make the sign, or model the /m/ sound for them to imitate.

4. Limit your child€™s access to things like the t.v., toys, food, or going outside. Set it up so they have to make a request or ask for help to access these things. You may accomplish this by putting favorite things up high or locked up.

5. Play turn-taking games such as rolling the ball back and forth, or pushing a car back and forth. Once your child expects another turn hold the car or ball and wait. Look at him/her expectantly if no sign or verbal request is made, model an appropriate request such as the sign for €œball,€ the /b/ sound, the word €œball€ or €œball please€€

6. Use tight containers to store things in. When your child indicates he/she wants a cookie you might hand him/her the cookie jar (tightly sealed of course), when he/she can€™t open it and hands it back to you make him/her sign open or help.

7. Use wind up toys or other toys that are difficult for kids to operate on their own. Wind up a wind-up toy your child gets a kick out of then hand it to them when they want a turn, wait for them to request help by using the sign or the word to operate the toy.

8. Blow bubbles then screw the lid on tightly and hand it back to your child for their turn. Wait for them to request help with a a sign or a word. Model the sign or word if necessary.

Using these little tricks that require your child to communicate will teach your child the power of communication. They will learn very quickly that when they sign or say €œout€ they can go outside but if they simply cry by the door nothing happens. It is important to be quick with your reinforcement so your child will make the connection easily, for example if you are teaching your child to request €œmore cookie€ be sure to have that cookie ready to put in their darling little hands right away. When your child points and grunts, or tantrums pay no attention at all, or be sure to explain that you don€™t understand what they want even when you do. Then model an appropriate way to make the request. Little tricks like these have helped me get most non-verbal children to start communicating. And of course these things need to be done in patience and love. When your child sees that he/she can communicate their wants/needs effectively, it will give them added confidence that will help them in the continuing process of language development.


Nithinbng 2018-11-23 07:13:33


Hi Deepak,
If you see my reply please reply to this. I know it is 5 years old message however this is exactly the situation my daughter is right now. How is your kid now? Did she improved with the language? Did you sent her to speech therapist. Please let me know.

Lalli11 2019-03-23 00:09:23


Hi deepak,

same situation ion I am going through now plz update how is ur daughter now and what did u do


anmita 2019-03-27 10:56:35


Hi Lalli 11

My child went through the same situation and has really progressed since. We were in the U.S. that time, took some therapies and shifted to India soon after. Use daily life situations to increase interaction, never assume that the child is not comprehending. Take guidance from your therapist and whatever resources are available. My therapist has helped me a great deal to walk on the path of progress. Never give up and keep trying.

Take care 


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