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Question: 2 year old not saying words, but great hand eye coordnation

 moridos - Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:59 am

My 2 year old boy is not saying words, he does "jabber" alot and will say some words after i say something. Like I say "shoes" he might sometimes say "soo" or "soos". He does play well, he can catch a normal size football if i toss it from a close distance, he can climb anything (barstools, chairs, latters, tables, beds). he makes motor sounds with his mouth when playing with trucks. and he will jabber while holding a phone up to his ear. He will even put up his fists and box with me when i say "put up your dukes". i was just wanting to know if him not talking was something major i had to worry about if everything else seems normal?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:31 pm

User avatar Hello Moridos,

Speech is a complex developmental milestone and there is significant variation in the rate of development. In general, we expect a 2 year old to be saying around 50-100 words and have about 50% of what is said be understandable to a stranger (parents understanding what is being said doesn't count).

If there are concerns, the first step is to have your son evaluated by his pediatrician who can assess the developmental status of his language development. At age two, if there are concerns, often the first step will be to have a hearing evaluation performed. If the child is not hearing clearly it is difficult for them to hear pronunciations properly and thus learn to speak clearly. If this is OK, we'll often just watch for a few more months. Many times, when there is a mild delay, within a few months the child takes off and catches up in their speech without difficulty.

Best wishes.

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