My girlfriend's babbling 2.5 year old

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My girlfriend's babbling 2.5 year old
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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 11:50pm

My best friend has a 2.5 year old girl and this child makes very little sense....she is a constant babbler and even mom can barely understand anything she says. The kid can hear just fine and other than being a little clingy and occasionally aggressive seems pretty normal. She thinks something is wrong with her and I don't know what to tell her. She doesn't want to get her tested just because she's scared of the possible outcome, but I honestly don't know what kind of outcome she thinks she may get!

She asks for my opinion and personally I think she's just taking a little longer to get up to par and a little hard work would get her back to snuff, but I'm not the person to ask about this...so now I'm asking you ladies...do you have some babblers out there??? How clear are your kids and how many words do they know? I am wondering if part of her fear is that, although her daughter is 2.5, she's HUGE and is as tall as my 3.5 year old and wears 4T clothes (she's not fat, just big) and that just by looking at a girl that size you would think she's talking as well as kids that are also her size like my daughter who's a full year older.

Thanks for your help up front, I don't know if there's anything wrong with this kid or what to tell her...having some examples would give me a better handle on if her fears are justified or not!!

Valerie

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 2:01pm

without hearing or seeing her, here is what I think...

My pediatrician said that a mom's gut is almost always the best diagnosis there is. If she thinks there's something wrong, then I would say to follow her gut. Although, it's true that kids develop at their own pace, speech delay does indicate autism amongst other "delays." It could be hearing loss, just speech delay, it could be nothing..but I think she should have a doctor's opinion. The earlier an issue is identified the better off you friend and her daughter will be because the sooner they start therapy, the sooner they learn the tools they'll need to function in the world. Personally, I think the unknown is SO much scarier than the known...

My daughter had several "delays" (speech, motor skills) and with weekly therapy she was mostly caught up by 2...

I'm hoping she's just a "slow talker" (and she probably is) but I'd err on the side of caution...

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 2:06pm

I'd really encourage your friend to have her dd tested. Most counties have some sort of early intervention program where they can test for free and provide therapies for free (if you can't find it through the health dept, you can call your pediatrician to get the phone number for early intervention).

When my ds was tested years ago, they tested him in all developmental areas to make sure his speech issue wasn't part of a bigger problem with developmental delays. For my ds, testing showed that he simply had a speech delay.

Testing provided me peace of mind as well as providing ds free speech therapy through the county that enabled him to catch up to his peers in development.

If your friend's child turns out to have more than just a speech problem, then the earlier she gets into early intervention for therapies, the better it will be for her. The longer you wait to get supports for a developmental problem, then the harder it will be for the child to overcome the bad habits they've developed in the meantime. The earlier you get supports, the easier it will be to mainstream your child later on.

Refusing to get testing doesn't make a problem go away. It just delays solutions. And, if there are no developmental problems, there's no reason to make yourself crazy with worry when you could get testing and answers to relieve your mind.

Best wishes.

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Registered: 02-04-2006
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 7:57pm

My DD has a speech delay.

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 7:59pm

LOL- I think I have run into recently on every single board I visit.

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 9:08pm
hahaha, I was just thinking the same thing about you!! We have the same age groups going on...
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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:15am

many children do