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Old 03-30-2012, 12:52 AM
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Default Toddler too stubborn to speak.

Hello. This is my first posting on this website.
I am the father of a 2 and a half year old girl. She seems to know what most words mean but she doesn't seem to want to speak them. The only words she will say are "Mama" "Dada" "Hi" "Wow" "no" and "Yea!" If you tell her to do something though she will accurately follow your directions, so I know she understands words.
One issue I think is that my daughter and wife live in a very isolated enviroment, far away from me. My wife doesn't have any real friends or family for hundreds of miles and doesn't have a license. So my daughter doesn't see people unless they are shopping other than my wife, father-in-law, and me on webcam.
If there is anything that I can do to help her practice speaking please tell me. I read her books all the time over the phone (read her the entire Harry Potter Series outloud).
Thankyou for helping!
P.S. Sometimes when we try to get her to make certain sounds she gets angry as if frustrated to try and shakes her head and says "no".
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:09 PM
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I would really recommend that you have her evaluated by a doctor. There are motor development issues such as apraxia which could be causing this that really need to be professionally treated. The fact that you say she gets angry when you try to force her to talk makes me think there is much more going on here than stubborness.


Good luck!
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Old 04-05-2012, 5:12 AM
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Good idea.
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Old 04-10-2012, 5:14 PM
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Thank you very much for your help.
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Old 04-11-2012, 7:10 AM
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At the tender age of 2, may be your daughter is able to understand everything but hesitate to speak. This is one of the common scenarios with the isolated kids as they are not regular with other toddlers, their upbringing is alone and that’s why sometimes they get frustrated as well. Parents are always there for kids but still they need some exposure of same level kids so that they can understand the social upfront also.
Other then this issue may be related with apraxia but we can't be so sure about it so it’s better to consult with a doc.
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