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Answered 2008-08-15 18:24:27

actually this is normal, as boys tend to be less vocal at this age as girls. If he wasn't showing signs of understanding you I would be worried. I have five sons myself all under 7 years of age, all perfectly healthy. I would suggest however that you try to encourage his speaking up. Try things like" say cup, or say drink" when he wantssoemthing to drink. Maybe help him with pronouncing his words. My 4 year old use to speak so quickly it blurred together and I had to get him to slow down. My two year old will be three in Dec. and he speaks clearly on alot of words, but still has problems with some. Justpractice is all that is required. When he wants something encourage him to say it and reward him with it, if he fails a few times try again at a later time. Also try repeating things for him that he already knows, for example " see that tree? Isn't it a pretty tree? Can you say tree?". He gets attention and a lesson! My son is 18 months and has a limited vocabulary. He can say (in somewhat understandable verbiage) things like thank you, drink, woof. But my daughter (now 5) in comparison to him at that age was much more advanced. I'm told that males developer slower/later than females. So, you have that to contend with. Past that, I think if you are concerned about it, I would evaluate other aspects. If he seems to persistently not understand things and concepts that other boys his age do (by observation), then there may be somewhat of a problem. But this may not be identifiable until 3 or 4 in any reliability. The best (and nearly only) thing you can do, in my opinion as a father, is to be persistent and consistent in doing the following things all the time: 1. Play with him. This expresses love (necessary for healthy development) and also livens his mind which creates lots of little learning opportunities for him. 2. Say the word of anything you are handing to him, maybe twice with emphasis. Do the same if he points at or grabs something. In other words, "label his world" for him so he can pick up on these things. 3. Read to him, and read alone while he is playing in the same room. Reading to your child has been found over and over to be beneficial. It interests them in that activity and makes them curious to learn what you are doing. It also reinforces this as a good habit for him to have. A reading habit results in a lifetime habit of learning. Unless it's romance novels. You may already be doing these things, but just thought I'd chime in.

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