My 3 year old does not talk, nor is he potty trained. - FamilyEducation
My 3 year old does not talk, nor is he potty trained.
05/21/2010 at 16:00 PM

My son milestoned late. So sometimes I think "Maybe his speech is just another milestone that is going to come late" He has passed multiple hearing tests, he doesn't have middle ear infection. He just wont talk. He grunts, and sometimes he will just babble, but look so serious like he is really saying something, and meaning it. He completely understands me, and what is asked of him. He qualified for a program in our school district, PPCD, he is in a classroom with 2 teachers to 5-6 students. I am in the process of getting a referral sent out to the Texas Children's Meyer Center for Pediatric Development, only its going to take months to get approved, and even longer to get an appointment. I'm at a loss. My husband gets frustrated because he isn't potty trained, but he doesn't see me working with him during the day because he is at work, and doesn't get home until my son is already in bed. His previous doctor thought that he would be a kid who would wake up one day and just talk. That didn't sit right with me, and thats when I switched doctors. I don't want to shrug it off and come off as a careless parent, so I don't know if I should just sit back and wait for him to talk, or if I should be worried, or what. I just don't know what to do anymore. Can some one please, give me advice

What does your pediatrician say about the potty training? It is quite common now to see kids in diapers until age 3. The usual marker of being potty trained and able to speak, doesn't seem like it's going to be useful for you...or maybe it is? My kids were all pretty normal, so the only advice I have is--try to keep it positive. Perhaps your husband could do some research and see if he can find some alternative strategies for potty training. Give him ownership of the problem1
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I haven't gotten any advice on potty training from his pediatrician only because I know what she is going to tell me. I try everything, but it never seems to help. And I really really appreciate the positive feed back! :) It makes things seem like its all going to be ok, instead of someone pointing fingers and telling me what I'm doing wrong. Thank you!
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I would talk to the pediatrician anyway. It could be a developmental problem linked to delayed speech, or it could be a separate problem.
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Get your son help ASAP. Don't wait. I was one of those parents who was layed back about my son not talking at 2 yrs old. It was his dr. who recommended early intervention for him. Now that your son is 3, look into your insurance. See if they will cover speech therapy until you can get your son in to see a developmental specialist. We did this b/c my son was put on a waiting list for the dr as well. It's good news that your son completely understands you. How is he otherwise? Does he eat well and tolerate different textured foods? Can he follow multi-step instructions? Are there any other concerns you have? As for being potty trained, there may be a connection to the delay, there may not. My son still wets the bed at night on occasion, but the dr said many kids who aren't delayed still have this problem. The best thing that worked for my son during the day was to put him on the potty every hr on the hr. This is a pain, but if you can make the time, do it. We tried to make it fun, and we learned not to push the issue. If you push potty training, it'll make things worse. As long as your son is not in a school that requires him to be out of diapers, you have some time. Just be consistent and follow through. Big boy underwear is often a good incentive. Also, now that the summer is approaching, try the no clothes approach. The advantage to training a boy is that he can stand up at the potty and see what he's doing. Although it's said that boys often take longer to mature, every child is different. Your son may just be delayed or there may be more to it. Whatever the case, don't hold off getting help. There are many things you can do from home as well to encourage your child to start talking. Give him lots of choices (i.e.--Do you want milk or juice?). Encourage your son to respond (I want....) Play games with him, talk, talk, talk to him, read books, do picture naming.... Speak slowly and clearly, and repeat words and phrases. All these exercises can be very helpful in getting children to talk. Overall, though, be patient. If you see your son is getting frustrated, take a step back. The last thing you want is for him to shut down. It all takes time, but it sounds like you're on the right path. Keep doing what you're doing. Things will get better. Best of luck to you and your son.
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Hi this sounds alot like my son he just turned 3 in September and he has his 3 year checkup tomorrow I wanted to know if you had any tips on this. My son is not potty trained also and im worried there might be something wrong...
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My grandson turned 3 years old two weeks ago. He also doesn't speak, nor is he potty trained. Both, my daughter and grandson, live with my husband and I so when he didn't speak at two, we contacted the early education department in our county for an assessment with a referral from his doctor. He is such a joy...understands everything we say, just doesn't speak. He also qualified for PPCD and is in a class with 4 teachers, and with 5 students. My daughter is in the process of switching doctors, so we will see where that leads them. My grandson uses sign language now, so we can communicate with him. Before ECD, we had no idea what he wanted or where he hurt. He also now points to objects, or takes us by the hands to what he wants. I understand your frustration, as my husband was where your husband is. Not anymore. I told him we were doing everything we could to help and that he needed to be supportive, and not negative. If that wasn't something he could do then he would just have to back off, and let us do our job. We were frustrated, but he needed to think how frustrated our grandson was. He could either be a part, or keep his negativity to himself. You must understand my husband adores his grandson. Soon he helped us practice signing, and he hasn't said a word about the potty training since.
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Hi everyone. I have a grandson who will be 3 in July 2011 and he hasn't spoken but one word, "no". And now he doesn't even say that. I'm just wondering if anyone has seen improvement since the original post here??? I am a special education teacher and so have worked with many children who have autism. My grandson doesn't seem to have all the characteristics-- he loves hugs, smiles and laughs a ton--babbles all the time-- etc..etc... but I know there are varying degrees of autism and I think he may be somewhere along the spectrum. What I do know is that if he doesn't talk soon he's just going to become more and more frustrated with not being able to communicate his wants and needs. He too is in an early intervention speech program in Georgia and my daughter is teaching him sign language--but he takes her hands and makes her sign for him!! So.. any improvement? Thanks!!!
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MOST LATE TALKERS DO NOT CATCH UP FAST. NOW KIDS WHO ARE JUST SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE (WHICH IS 10% OF BOYS) ARE LABELLED LATE TALKERS, THEY WILL CATCH UP BETWEEN 2 AND 3.5 WHEREAS THE REAL LATE TALKERS (2-3%, AND PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THIS IS MILLIONS OF KIDS, INCLUDING ALOT OF REALLY SMART ONES) WILL PROBABLY CATCH UP BY AGE 7, SOMETIMES AS LATE AS 9. USUALLY THEY ARE VERY EVENED OUT BY 7 BECAUSE KIDS TEND TO PLATEAU AT 4 IN SPEECH (EVEN AS THEY EMOTIONALLY MATURE). THERE ARE VERY VERY FEW KIDS WITH PERSISTENT SPEECH PROBS. SOME KIDS ARE NOT HIGHLY SOCIAL OR GREAT COMMUNICATORS, THIS HAS NO BEARING ON COGNITIVE FUNCTION (EVEN THOUGH TESTS MAY SADDLE KIDS WITH LOW i.Q. BECAUSE THEY ARE VERBALLY BASED) OR ON HAPPINESS OR ON ANY KIDS FUTURE. i AM NOT A FAN OF SELF CONTAINED CLASSES, ITS A GROSS SEGREGATION OF KIDS WITH PROBLEMS WHO CANT HELP EACH OTHER.
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I RECOMMEND INTEGRATED CLASSES OR SMALL SCHOOLS WITH LOW TEACHER TO STUDENT. MONITOR YOUR CHILDS HAPPINESS. IF THEY ARE NOT HAPPY THEY WILL NOT PERFORM. THEY WILL FALL IN LINE BUT THEY WONT ABSORB. BE PATIENT AND DONT COMPARE YOUR KIDS. IVE FOUND THE LATER ONE WAITS FOR POTTY THE WORSE IT IS. I HAVE TRAINED GENUINELY DISABLED KIDS, NOT KIDS WITH FAKE DISORDERS LIKE ASD AND ADD AND I CAN TELL YOU, IF A CHILD HAS EVEN MINIMAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS THEY CAN BE TRAINED IN THE POTTY. WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER RESISTANCE, YOU CAN TRY WAITING AND RESTARTING ONCE BUT AFTER THAT, YOU EITHER TAKE CONTROL OR YOULL BE WAITING A LONG TIME. CONTROL IS MAKING THEM SIT ON THE TOILET NO MATTER WHAT ONCE AN HOUR FOR A FEW MINUTES. IF A CHILD IS HOLDING IN POOP YOU MUST GIVE THEM LAXATIVES AND NOT A LITTLE.
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IT HAS TO BE ENOUGH THAT THEY CANT HOLD IT IN AND YOU HAVE TO DO THIS FOR A MONTH SO STAY CLOSE TO HOME. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO BREAK STOOL WITHHOLDING. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO KIDS WHO SQUEEZE, SOMETIMES ITS THEM HOLDING POOP IN NOT TRYING TO GET IT OUT! AS FAR AS SPEECH, I HAVE FOUND THIS METHOD THE BEST (CONTRARY TO WHAT SPEECH THERAPISTS DO), NARRATE WHAT GOES ON IN HIS WORLD IN SIMPLE SENTENCES, WHATEVER HE SAYS, ADD ONE EXTRA WORD TO IT AND REPEAT IT TWICE. THIS HELPS ALOT! GOOD LUCK!
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Just a note--using both uppercase and lower case letters is more polite than all uppercase. You bring up some interesting points. I like your last couple of ideas a lot.
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I too have a 4 year old grandson, not potty trained, understands everything being said to him , but cannot speak many words- He was diagnosed last year with Speech Apraxia. If your son has not been tested, insist that he be tested and special speech therapy iniated soon. There is a lot that can be done. Our grandson has been receiving therapy 2-3 days per week for a year and there has been much progress in his speech, although he is still a couple of years behind kids his age. The potty training is still a work in progress.
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hi, I have a son who is 3 years old in October 2011. He likes singing, dancing, can count to 20. However when it comes to talking and potty training he is just not getting it. We have taken him to a clinical psychologist to have him tested for Autism and the doctor said he is not autistic. However from research I have done, he does seem to exhibit some symptoms of autistic behavior. Should I doubt a professional with 19 years experience. He likes hugs and kisses and enjoys laughing along with people. He will smile at you if you look at him and smile. However he flaps his hands and walks on his toes when he is excited,not all the time but enough times. When talking to him he sometimes acts like he does not hear you. He is stubborn and quite naughty and so differentiating whether its just stubbornness or that he does not understand an instruction is difficult.
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My child, now 10, fits this category. I was interested in what approaches others took in this matter. There were many who used much effort to try to correct what is thought of as a 'problem'. I took the 'wait him out' approach. All the child raising advice I got when I was pregnant with my first, many told me that children should hit 'milestones' at their own pace. I never took my pediatricians suggestions because every pediatrician has a different opinion on this subject. All my children learned to use a toilet and talk, from example. My husband left the bathroom door open when he used the bathroom (all boys) and we spoke to them as people, not babies, consistently. My 12 year old learned 'early' (I use this term loosely, despite 'child development brackets' that are widely used, I believe everyone learns at their own pace) to talk and potty train. My 10 year old learned 'late' (again loose term) around 3 and my 8 yr. old learned 'normally' (what 'they' call normal). Post for more.
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please reply that how we train our son and can we need to consult any speech therapy
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My son is 3yrs and only pronounces one word and has not started making sentences. I am a christian and believe strongly in power in God's word and i pray for my son everyday and he has greatly improved as he now calls me Mummy and not switch between daddy and aunty and i know he will indeed speak. I also had to cover all grounds by visiting a paediatrician and speech therapy was recommended. I would advise that parents should also help the kids by not allowing them see how worried they are as this would make the kids think that they are different and this can affect how they interact with other kids. Though he is not potty trained, i sometimes do not wear him diaper during the day so that we can watch him and make him realise the need to indicate his uneasiness. The best we can do as parents is be positive and have faith in the kids and applaud them for every progress they make.
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Dear Bheki, i like all the positive things you mentioned about your son and it just goes to show that your son is normal but slow and taking his time. i expect that having a positive feedback from the doctor should make you hopeful rather than you doubting and expecting a negative feedback. All your son needs is more attention and love from you and please quit calling him stubborn as a child will always become what you call him. My son is also 3yrs old and is still not making sentences but he exhibits all the strong characters of an active child and repeats action you scolded him for just few seconds afterwards but it is our consistency in correcting him that will make him stop.
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Hi Jane, what you wrote describes my son too (he is 2 yrs 8 months old). Can you tell me how your grandson is doing now. Can you give me any advice based on your experiences.
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