Tranquility7 Posted June 21, 2012 Share Posted June 21, 2012 My DD is 31 mos old and still not really talking (She says maybe 20 words, half of them hard to understand). I was a late talker, as was my mother, though I donâ€™t know exactly *how* late. DS (just turned 6) was also a late talker, but DH thinks he was not nearly as late as DD seems to be. Also, DS was totally quiet during those early years. Virtually *no* babbling or other vocal noise! I used to joke that he was my silent little observer. Once he finally started talking, it was initially kind of gradual, but now he is a very precocious communicator, using all kinds of atypical words for a six year old, like â€œdisperseâ€, â€œcautiousâ€, â€œapplaudâ€, etc. He learned to read last fall, and now reads at about a fourth grade level, and language arts is definitely his strength, despite the late start. DD is very interactive with others, makes lots of eye contact, follows multistep directions, retrieves unseen objects that she hears me mention (like if I tell DS that he has to wear his shoes outside, she will run get hers too). DD also tries to communicate, making a good bit of vocal noise, and acting out things all the time (it is like she is always playing charades). She seems to work a lot harder at communicating than I remember DS ever doing when he was pre-verbal. She makes a lot of vocal noise, generally, (far more than DS ever did) but it doesnâ€™t not sound like typical babbling to me. She says very few consonants, and many words that she says sound nothing like the actual word (ex., â€œuh-nyaaâ€ for â€œthank youâ€). Anyway, apologies for the long postâ€¦ really, Iâ€™m not *that* worried about DD â€“ a little, but not very, since she really is interactive and we seem to be late talkers around here anyway. But my actual question is, is there any book I can buy that will give me some play activities I can do with her to encourage spoken language (beyond the stereotypical â€œdonâ€™t give her the object until she says the word,â€ which seems like an unnecessary recipe for frustration and not at all incremental)? Or should I just not bother and keep waiting with casual encouragement? FWIW, I have masterâ€™s degree in Audiology and took several Speech Lang Pathology classes as part of my program, including seeing a few preschool SLP patients while earning my degrees. But that was 19 yrs ago (ack!) and I really donâ€™t remember muchâ€¦ other than thinking at the time that a mom could do the same things we were doing in clinic, if she just was told how. Now I am that mom! So, any recommendations? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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