As a first time mommy I had tons of questions. I wanted to know what to expect during my pregnancy, after was born, and every step along the way. I want to know what milestones my child should be hitting, what toys I should and shouldn’t be giving him, and when to take my son to the doctor. I often found that when I searched for answers on the internet I got a variety of different answers and most were coming from people who weren’t experts. I often just stopped looking for answers and spent the money to go to the doctor.
Bundoo is the resource I wish I would have known about. Bundoo is the ultimate parenting resource website “where parents, childcare experts and pediatricians share the journey of parenting together.” On Bundoo you can find a library of evidence-based articles, an ask-the-doctor service, a forum, or a carefully managed marketplace. You are sure to find all the answers to your questions and know that you can trust the answer you get.
The majority of the Bundoo website is free and full of great information. For those times when you can find what you are looking for or have a specific question that you want answered the Ask Bundoo feature is great. You can subscribe by purchasing 1 question for $35, 6 questions for $150, or unlimited questions for $100/month. With this feature you can get an answer to your specific question from pediatricians and medical experts.
I was given a $35 credit to use to ask Bundoo a question. I was thrilled because I have been worrying about my son and his lack of speech. Here is what I asked:
My son is 21 months old and currently and only child. He was born through a normal delivery, two days after his due date. He has always been a healthy child and has not had any major medical issues.
I am concerned because he is not saying much. He says mama, dada, ieieie (like Old MacDonald), cheese, cheers, yeah, hi, and makes the sounds animals make. He understands everything I say and can follow directions very well. He loves listening to music and especially loves dancing along to shows like The Wiggles. He knows signs for “more” “please” and “thank you”. He will point to every body part and find pictures in books when asked “Can you find the _____?” He loves reading, being read to, doing action songs (like Itsy Bitsy Spider), and doing puzzles.
When he went in for his 18 month check up the doctor said that he was behind in his communication skills. He should have had 8 words that weren’t words like mama, dada, baba, etc or sounds. He had about 3 or 4. He mentioned that if I wanted to get him tested I could but he suggested I wait as he could just be a late talker. Well, months later my son isn’t saying too many words. He talks a lot but everything he says doesn’t make sense. He will point to things and grab my arm or gesture to me to come to whatever it is he wants. Every once in a great while it sounds like he is saying words like “anma” (grandma) “itty” (kitty) “cheats” (treats) “mo” (more) “see” (sis…his puppy) “apes” (grapes) but he doesn’t say these things every day. He will NEVER say the word when prompted “Can you say _____?” The only time he will do something when prompted is when he signs more, please, or thank you.
He has had 2 cousins (twins) that needed tubes in their ears at 18 months for having rubber cement-like substance in their ears causing them to hear as if they were underwater.
He is so smart and I know he can hear because he follows directions and loves to watch and dance along to The Wiggles. I just don’t understand why he isn’t talking. Should I be concerned? Should I take him in to be tested? Is this normal to be 21 months and hardly saying anything? How do I teach him to speak or repeat what I am saying?
I received a quick response. The best part, I didn’t have to make a doctors appointment, haul my son in, and wait for the doctor to arrive. If I really wanted I could get an answer to my question while being in my pajamas! Plus, my copay is $40….this would be CHEAPER and EASIER than going in to the doctors office!!! Here is the answer I received:
Hi Crissa, thank you for your question!
I would recommend taking your son to a speech pathologist for a speech-language evaluation at this point. Although there could be no issue, especially since his receptive language and cognition seem very good, it’s definitely worth getting checked out now. In general, children typically say about 20 words by 18 months old (the average range is 10-50 words consistently) and 50 or more words by age 2.
Since your son doesn’t seem to be following the “typical” pattern of expressive language development at this point, an evaluation is a good idea. I would also recommend a hearing evaluation if he hasn’t already had one, just to rule out any potential unrecognized hearing issues (for example, to make sure he is able to hear all the individual speech sounds). It could be that he is just following his own path of development, but if there is an issue it’s best to catch it while he’s still young.
In the meantime, model language for him by commenting to him about everything that’s happening in his world using simple words and sentences. I recommend lots of repetition throughout the day, where you repeat and emphasize the same words / phrases during everyday routines. Also, try to give him lots of choices and make sure that he has plenty of fun opportunities to take turns and try to communicate during one-on-one play at home. Try to work on his imitation skills through low-pressure activities. Whatever you do, make it FUN. For example, you can sing songs together with repetitive sounds / words or read books with repetitive phrases and then let him try to fill in the predictable part. Or you could engage him in vocal play — make a game where you and he make silly sounds / words back in forth, maybe in front of a mirror, if he’s interested.
Hope this helps and best of luck to you and your son!
Cara Barthelette, MS, CCC-SLP
I have been wondering about taking him to see a speech therapist for a while now, especially since my doctor brought it up at Beckham’s 18 month appointment. Hearing this answer really confirms my feelings about taking him. Even more it gives me a lot of really great ideas of things to do with him at home to work with him one-on-one. I also love that she provided links for me to go and research more about these topics so I can really understand what is going on with my little man. I am totally satisfied with the answer I received.
Why didn’t I know about Bundoo sooner? I could have saved myself a lot of time, frustration, and money. Not only is this a great resource for first time mommies it is wonderful for mothers, fathers, grandparents, daycare workers, and more! Why would you not want to use a site that you can find answers for free from people that you trust and if you can’t find the answer to your question you can get an answer quickly.
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