pear / 1809 posts
My son is almost 3 and barely says anything. He has a speech delay and we're working with him, but I would love for him to say even two word sentences at this point. Your son is super advanced in my opinion.
honeydew / 7232 posts
Wow, he sounds really advanced compared to my two boys at that age. My younger son is currently in EI working with a speech therapist since he was 18months... he's going to be 3 in October and is speaking in more sentences but now we're working on his clarity... I still need to translate most of what he says to other people.
nectarine / 2461 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: my kid is a few months younger than yours and sounds like is on the same-ish trajectory. our son is the whitest white kid blondie, and we field quite a lot of comments on it from everyone, particularly daycare/babysitters. so, I dunno if your race has anything to do with what you're hearing, but I do think you'd hear it too if you were white or another race. one of my brother's kids was speaking in full, grammatically correct sentences at like 19/20 months ("mommy can I be 'scused please" "daddy open this door") which my husband and I were flat-out amazed by. my brother told me, and I maintain to others re our kid, that it's fun to communicate but everyone learns to talk, and that how they're doing as a toddler doesn't inform their future. actually I believe they way my brother put it was, "yeah it's awesome but who knows whether or not he'll be a burnout stoner by middle school"
apricot / 424 posts
My son is 2 years and 4 months-ish. I can understand most of what he says, but other people who aren't around him much understand less.
He says 2 and 3 word sentences that sound like broken English. For example "No medicine", "up Mommy", "Mommy go upstairs", "Thank you", "more ___ please".
~he sounds so demanding now~ hahaha
grapefruit / 4023 posts
I think your kid sounds like an exceptional talker. My girl is a couple weeks away from being 2 and is no where close to that. I don't see how race has anything to do with how well a child articulates his words. I know a boy who is white that is always praised for how well he speaks. That mom doesn't like praise, though, because her kid is an extremely gifted boy who is on the spectrum. So I don't know. He's white. In general, I'm amazed by any little kid who speaks well and always comment on it.
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
@LCTBQE: oh yeah, we are totally realistic that what he’s exhibiting now may change later. We are of course trying to give him a leg up where we can. For instance we started piano lessons for him since music helps with math skills. DH always says we won’t know if we truly did a good job parenting until LO is 25. That’s a long way off to hold the back patting!!
grapefruit / 4356 posts
My son is 2.5 years exactly and he is no where near that. He speaks in simple 2-4 word sentences, with no propositions, pronouns, or tense. So if I met your son, I would definitely compliment him on it! Also, I think I notice other toddler speech patterns bc that has always been an area of concern with LO.
grapefruit / 4492 posts
@DesertDreams88: I think that is part of my noticing other kids speech. I've always worried a little bit about my son, so I notice all of the other kids level of development. This weekend we were at a toy/hobby store and this little boy was playing with the thomas the train table with my son, he was really quiet but when he spoke it was so clear and articulate. Turns out he is about 4 months older than my son, and I totally complimented him to his dad about his speech.
nectarine / 2431 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I would just take it as a well-intentioned compliment! My son is extremely speech delayed, but he gets complimented on other things like his deductive reasoning and curiousity about EVERYTHING. I will say, as a middle school teacher, that my most gifted verbal students are ones who are most creative-- which sounds like you are fostering with piano.
@aprild: We are in the exact same boat. It's hard.
@LCTBQE: Your brother's comment is the best. While not directed at me, I appreciate you saying that everyone learns to talk. I've been struggling with that lately.
@hellobeeboston: I think I am finally starting to understand my kid! I thought what he was doing was babbling but apparently it's called jargoning because he is using adult intonation and speech patterns with actual words mixed in. Just yesterday, we got two blue color pencils and said something like blah blah blah mommy blah blah blah two blah blah blah blue! I realized he was saying something like "mommy and I both have blue pencils!" Anyway. I had to share because your comment reminded me of that. He has words, we need to work on articulation. It sounds like your LO is making so much progress!!
nectarine / 2413 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: He sounds quite advanced for sure!
I think everyone maybe concerned about their 2 year old's speech should remember in a few weeks or even days it can improve SO much- there really is an explosion! My son was low/ average from birth to 2y for all his milestones (born a month early) and once he hit 26 months the kid literally never shut up. He speaks in 8-9 word sentences with very good articulation. I never thought it would happen!
nectarine / 2688 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I haven't read past your first post, but I think it sounds like your LO is doing great. Piper still isn't saying many words, so we're getting ready to go back to the Dr so we can get the speech therapy rolling. I feel like she's on the verge of a language explosion, but it is really stressing me out. So far she says: hi, bye, mama, dada, no, and go away. (I think that's it, I could be missing a word or two). So, to hear all the things your LO says, sounds absolutely amazing to me since they're the same age.
apricot / 341 posts
I didn't read all the comments but your son's language skills seems a bit higher then mine who's 25 months and we constantly get complements on his language. His Pediatrician has said his language is about 6 months ahead or more. We have a niece who's 6 months older then my son and he talks and articulates more then she does. So I'd totally say your son is ahead on his language skills
nectarine / 2987 posts
Totally possible there's a race and gender bias happening when people comment, but I teach 2 year olds and of the 17 24-28 month olds on my roster I have maybe 2 that speak in the way you described. So your LO is legitimately an early and eloquent speaker.
honeydew / 7622 posts
So I’ll be honest. I have tried to stop commenting on peoples kids. He’s so big!- oh really he’s the in the bottom 10%. Wow are you must be in kindergarten- no I’m a third grade. Whatever. Now I just ask open ended questions instead of commenting on looks/ability. I think it’s just a way people make conversation. Like talking about the weather. Some are right- some are wrong.
At my daughters 2 year appointment I proudly brought in a list of her 500+ words. Her dr said that just by talking to her for a minute she knows she’s is advanced- she does not need a list. Now she’s 3.5 and she’s very verbal but not potty trained- that’s how it goes.
I’d take the compliment from professionals free of bias. That’s their job. Everyone else just wants to connect with you and compliment your beautiful family. Consider yourself approachable!
cherry / 201 posts
I recognize a lot of qualities of my daughter’s speech in the way you describe your son’s. We are always getting told by people how advanced her speech is. For what it’s worth, she’s biracial (I’m white, my husband is black). On a recent trip to his home country, we were told the same thing by people there—she sounds advanced.
I don’t know if people’s comments are influenced at all by the color of his skin, but either way, his speech does sound advanced for his age.
pomelo / 5084 posts
Your son sounds like where my son is but he’s 2 and 9 months so yes I’d say you’re ahead of the curve!!!!
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: Have you considered adding in exposure to a second language? I can't remember if you're bilingual or not....
@looch: I have thought about how I can introduce Spanish to LO even though I don’t speak it myself. My SIL is fluent in German and has recorded fairy tales for LO in that language and he’s loved it. He really enjoys the weekly Spanish lesson at daycare. We are currently in the middle of a TV reset for at least another week, but I may introduce Dora, the one that is primarily in Spanish. Besides TV I am not sure else how to expose him. I could read books, but my pronouciation would be off. Any suggestions?
In full honesty, looking back on what prompted this post reminds me that stereotypes can be internalized, which is not a good thing.
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: If I could go back in time, I would have introduced my son to weekend language school when he was 2. It would have been a parent and child thing for a few hours where you mostly read stories and what not, but at that level, you can be a beginner as well.
We are doing weekend language school now (began in grade 1) and while it isn't the same as an immersion program, it is making a difference in our march to biliteracy.
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