Questions tagged [speech]

Questions relating to speech. Appropriate topics include learning to speak, speech disabilities, and improving specific speech skills. As with other health-related topics, questions relating to diagnosing or treating a specific medical condition may be closed, as they should be asked of an appropriate medical professional.

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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

My 5-year-old daughter talks a lot. But when she does, it's in second person (i.e. the second person in the conversation), saying what she expects I would say when directed towards her. So she's not ...
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Should we be concerned about our 2.5-year-old grandson suddenly stuttering?

My 2.5-year-old grandson came for visitation and he's very smart. He had a lump on his forehead and is stuttering. He always speaks in complete sentences. Like "May I have that cookie", or "Pop Pop ...
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Should I be concerned about my 12-month-old not understanding what we say?

My child will be 12 months old next week. He was born 6 weeks prematurely. My concern is that he doesn't seem to understand what anyone of us says. He does look when I say "look" and he does respond ...
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When should we be concerned about garbled speech in my 2.5-year-old?

My 2.5-year-old toddler has started saying words (more like noises) that me and my wife can sometimes understand, but they barley sound like the intended words. At what point should we start to get ...
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Should I be concerned about my 10-month-old still not knowing how to pronouce words, just saying “er…er…er…” instead?

I have a 10-month-old daughter. She just keeps on saying "er...er...er" but never pronounces "b", "p", "m", "f" etc. in words. We are already talking to her always and showing her slowly how to ...
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How important is the pronunciation of an infant's first words?

My 11 month old son has started to talk. He currently has a two-word vocabulary: "uh-oh", and "balloon". He clearly understands the meaning of the word balloon, and uses it appropriately (his use of ...
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Is it normal for a 2-year-old boy to show no interest in social interaction and talking?

My 2-year-old son is very reluctant at playing with other kids and rarely even tries or shows any interest in other kids. He goes to the playschool for about a month now but it seems he still shows no ...
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My toddler calls me “Mommy”, but I'm his father

It was cute and funny at first that both of us were being called Mommy, and I still don't really mind. My wife and I laugh and try to correct him, pointing to pictures, ourselves and repeating the ...
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How to get help for my non-verbal toddler who can get screamig fits?

I'm UK based and have 6 children: Child 1: female, has a formal diagnosis of autism, NF1. Child 2: male, has a formal diagnosis of Asperger's, also has other health problems. Both children present in ...
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What to do about a 19-month-old not talking?

My 19-month-old son is an only child and doesn't go to daycare. He doesn't talk, just says mama and baba and not all the time - maybe one or two times a day. I try to talk with him but I don't know ...
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Is it normal for a 3-year-old to repeat the question before answering?

My 3 years and 3 months old son has speech delay. He repeats the question and then answers (mainly choice questions). At age 3, if I asked him any question ('this or that'), he simply repeated ('this ...
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At what age do trilingual toddlers develop consistent speech?

My husband and I speak 3 languages fluently, our native, swahili and English. My biggest concern is we speak both of the languages in the house and as a parent I'm now concerned that we might confuse ...
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How should we address stuttering in a toddler?

My 2.5 year old has recently developed what can be best described as a stutter. It only seems to occur with us, and mostly when asking a question ("Wh, wh, wh, wh, what's that Daddy?). It's ...
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How to help my 4-year-old focus on his tasks instead of zoning out?

My 4-year-old son is diagnosed with speech and a borderline case of autism (score was—29). Since 2 months ago he started to speak in sentences, tries to talk on his own and tries to explain what ...
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How to teach “Li” sound?

Few months back I asked a question about how to teach my daughter 'L' sound. Now she is able to sound 'La', 'Lu', and 'Lo' properly. But she is still facing the trouble in speaking 'Li', and 'Le' ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He does not talk at all. He had an assessment when he was 2.5 years old, but the doctor would not want diagnose ASD as he is still young. He has been going for ...
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How to help a 3 year old to speak?

My child is 2 year 10 months. He is not speaking by his own. If I ask him "What do you want apple or banana?" he answers me: "apple banana". He is not able to understand me. Some kids call him: "come ...
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My 2-year-old son is still not talking. Is this normal?

I have a 2-year-old son. He still isn't talking, he'll say words here and there like "bird" when he sees a bird and he'll say words like mama or dada sometimes but never in correlation with my wife or ...
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My 2 year 8 month old son is not interested in hearing stories [closed]

How to make child get interested in stories? He colors the book but by seeing somewhere. He just shows interest in only very limited food. He is suffering from constipation. He is able to say rhymes, ...
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How can you communicate with a child that refuses to talk?

I have a four year old son who has slight autism. Up until now he has babbled but never used any words associated with anything. We try to encourage him to talk by talking with him a lot, and we have ...
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How do we stop our child screeching?

Our 3 1/2 month old has just learned how to make an ear-piercing screech, which appears to either mean "happy" or "tired and grumpy". How can we dissuade her from making this noise, without "ignoring"...
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Cause and cure of silly behavior in children

What can be some of the causes/reasons that a child (in the 7-year-old range) to speak in a silly voice and in a silly way, more than an average child? I don't know how to be more specific by silly ...
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What to do about a 3-year-old child not speaking and not interacting with people around him?

A friend’s child is approaching 3 years of age. He doesn't even say single words and we don't get any attention from him when we call him or try to play with him. That means there is no response from ...
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Why is my 6-year-old son yelling or being very loud when talking?

I have a 6-year-old son. Whenever he talks, he yells. He has had several hearing tests and passes them with flying colors. I do not understand why he tends to yell. Is his behavior normal?
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How to make my daughter not to make nose sound while speaking?

My daughter is 3.5 years old. She doesn't sound few letters like 'L' but 'N' instead. But I believe she will learn that by time. However few weeks back I noticed that she speaks from her nose (nasal ...
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How to help my 5.5-year-old, who doesn't speak fluently and never listens, take an interest in reading and talking?

My son is 5.5 years old. It is hard for us to make him respond to questions, tell short stories that are in his syllabus, even a statement in English. We speak in our mother tongue only at home. Even ...
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23-month-old son does not listen or acknowledge

My son is 23 months old. He is normally very active, running and playing with his toys. My only problem is whenever we call him, he won't listen because he is so busy. He would simply not care what ...
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What can I do to teach my 22 months old toddler to talk?

My son completed 22 months and not talking with us. My wife stays at home to take care of him. Right now he says some 15-20 alphabets, 4 colors. We usually show him TV during lunch and dinner (60 ...
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Should I speak English with my toddler

My spouse has a plan! She wants me to speak English with my toddler, to give him an early advantage in English. We live in Israel and both of us speak Hebrew, this is our native language. While my ...
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Do babies who watch TV start speaking late?

Our baby girl just less than two years old but she can't speak like another babies of the same age. We are not worried about this, but we have question. My baby girl understand anything but when she ...
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My two year old has a lisp. Should I try to correct her now?

My 22-month old speaks with a lisp. Granted, she's only saying about 100-150 words and can form short sentences. However, she can't form all the sounds that adults can, yet. However, all of her 's' ...
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Toddler has trouble saying the letter “L”

I am not sure if it is just my kid or the letter "L", but my toddler can't seem to say the letter "L". I try to help him out and show with my mouth how to pronounce it, but he will say stuff like Wo-...
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2 year old still drooling, what can i do?

I have a child of two years and still drooling, at first I did not care much but I fear that this will become a habit or interfere with their ability to speak. I already visited the pediatrician and ...
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4 to 5 year old child taking time to answer questions

When asked my 4 year old either does not respond to the question or responds slowly and I've seen 3 year olds respond much more quickly. Is this a development concern or is something in the "normal" ...
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How to explain the concept of past / future to a kid?

I have troubles explaining the concept of past / future to my son. He certainly has some idea of time by now, but can't express it correctly. He has picked up the word "tomorrow" and uses it for both ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that young boys articulate their learning differently to girls?

My son came home from the first week of kindergarten. Each day I asked him: "What did you learn at school today?" His response: "Nothing." When I ask his teacher what they've been learning - ...
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My five year boy child is not able to speak letters starting with “L” or “R” clearly

My five year boy child is not able to speak letters starting with "L" or "R" clearly. For example if he has to say "Light" he pronounce it as "Aaight" or sometimes "Haaight". Similar for say "Rat" ...
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What benefits does using “baby talk” provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

When I was doing my initial language development research about 7 years ago, I vaguely remember seeing several (probably non-scientific or blog sources) recommend against using "baby talk", arguing ...
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How can I make my baby try and talk

Is there a way which will encourage babies to try and talk words? I have tried talking to my baby girl a lot of times, but that doesn't seem to help She is 1 year old I just want to check if I can ...
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Can you tell if toddler speech is delayed at 15 months?

Can you tell at age 15-16 months if child has a speech impediment?
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How can I get my child (two and a half) to vocalize, to make any sounds,

My son is two and a half, with developmental delay. He has low tone muscles, which we work on intensively with psychotherapy. He can now crawl, but not walk. He doesn't talk, nor say any words, and ...
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Recommendations on helping a 4 year old with speech difficulty

It was recently suggested by our son's doctor that he be evaluated for signs of Autism due to certain tendencies he has such as an underdeveloped speech ability. We have the appointment scheduled ...
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How to motivate a 3 year old to answer “yes” or “no”

My son is 3 years old, and started to speak late. Now his vocabulary is vastly increasing, and I can ask him about colors of things or numbers or where is this and that, but I would like to pose him ...
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How do i stop my 5yr old repeating herself and is she fine?

she says," I want, I want , I want to drink water". Or "I don't I don't I don't want to go". When she is angry or chatting to her dolls, she does not repeat herself. Apart from that she is fine and ...
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15 month old girl hasn't learned any new words in months

My 15 months old girl hasn't learned any new words in 4 months. The only words she can say are 'Mom', 'Dad', 'Dog' and 'Hi'. She has started grunting for what she wants, but isn't saying anything more....
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Should I be concerned that my 2 year-old cannot pronounce sounds like “vee” and “fee”?

Our first child had no problems speaking quite clearly. However, our second child who is 2 years old has trouble pronouncing sounds like "vee" and "fee". For example, "vessel" becomes "bessel" and "...
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Combining sounds to simple words

This is my third child, and so I'm not too worried, etc... I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how to encourage or work towards combining sounds a toddler already knows (in this case "s" with ...
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Our babygirl doesn't say mommy

I am from Turkey and in Turkish the word for father is baba and dede for grandpa. Our 17 month old baby girl follows me all day with repeated baba but rarely says anne for mommy. As much as this ...
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How can we teach a toddler to use first person and second person point of view in speech?

My 2y5m old daughter speaks rather well for her age, but she keeps using 3rd person in almost every situation. Whether she speaks about herself or people she addresses to, she uses third person: not "...
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Will babies who start walking early, start talking late?

Our baby girl is 550 days old (~18 months), but can't speak like another baby girl that is 400 days old (~13 months). We are worried about this. My baby girl understands anything, but when she wants ...