When your child only says one word

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies

Noodad shared with us this post about the tribulations of having a child who only says one word. His writes in the post about how his child says, "Mo." And only, "Mo." And how "Mo" has a wide variety of meanings. Basically, his son says, "Mo," whenever he feels like articulating anything. He asks at the end of the post whether anybody else has had a child do this, and I have.

My child's word was, "Nah." Even at the age of two, his only word was, "Nah." And like Noodad's son, the word held a variety of meanings. My son's non-articulate communication was strong enough that I thought we were getting along quite well with, "Nah." But our parents as teachers consultant thought differently. She felt that my child should be saying a number of other words. Lots of them. And perhaps even sentences.

So, she referred us to the speech and hearing clinic at our local university. This began years of speech therapy with two of my children (my youngest son apparently learned to speak from his older brother). I don't know how old Noodad's son is, so I would not presume to assume anything about, "Mo." What we learned about my son when he was eight years old is that he has Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's is on the same spectrum as Autism-- but my son is highly articulate now. I went from thinking I might never hear this kid say, "I love you, Mama," to sometimes muttering, "Be careful what you wish for," because all three of my kids could talk the ear off a sow.

I will say, though, that if your child reaches the age of two and only has one word, you might want to go and have that checked out. Because children are hardwired for speech and they should start talking on their own. But, of course, it is not a hopeless situation if they need a little help.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.