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Need some toddler advice

The subject I need some advice on is speaking. I don't know what it is but it seems as if William has quit talking for now. He was saying very simple words before and now he just won't. We don't know what to do about this since it's never happened to us before. Will is 16 months old now and is very active and intelligent. He responds to most commands and shows that he does know what you are saying most times. He just won't speak. Please please please friends, tell me I am not the only one here. He does not go see the pediatrician for another month and a half and I know this is not an emergency situation. I am sure his doctor will assure us that it is perfectly normal like she does for everything else. Usually she is right but this not speaking thing is starting to get to us. Does anyone have any advice for us on what we can do? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks in advance :)


  1. Have there been any other behavioral changes that have gone along with the talking strike? Is he hearing as well?

  2. No, no real changes and his hearing is just fine.

  3. I would think he's just being a stubborn toddler. Maybe he was feeling out of control and that's something he CAN control. This is just my guess, though. I'm not a professional by ANY stretch of the imagination, I was a toddler "teacher" and I've seen it before. It was really no big deal and we just did our best to make the child comfortable enough to say words. Also, if we required an answer like "yes, please" we would coax it out of the child. If you want to email me, I can go more in depth, if you'd like. But honestly, if I were you, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Good luck!

  4. If there aren't any hearing issues or behavioral changes I agree with Beautiful Mess...classic stubborn toddler. Also, occasionally, when they are learning something new, they will temporarily abandon other learned behavior.

  5. agrees with all the above, stubborn after all he is Dwaynes son..........

  6. I am so not a mom, BUT my mother always told me about how I refused to talk for awhile as a toddler. She was also worried, but then one day she caught me practicing talking by myself. She said I did this for quite awhile, but when I apparently the practice paid off because when I finally started talking in front of people it was in full sentences!


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