Delayed Speech

Delayed speech is a condition where a child is unable to speak at an expected rate. It is a common developmental issue that affects 10 percent of preschoolers. A child with delayed speech can use words and phrases to express their ideas but, they feel hard to understand. It is managed by giving speech therapy.

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Why is my 3 year old speaking only very few words?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 3 years old. He is not speaking like other children of the same age. He is speaking very few words. What do I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Kanwar Deep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. He has probably not interacted verbally enough with family members and other children of his age. Presuming his hearing capacity is normal, the above mentioned might be the reason. Please interact with him more often in the form of talking to him and storytelling wh...  Read Full »

What is the parental management for delayed speech in toddlers?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3.8-year-old son has started getting hair on his hands and leg. Can you please tell me if I should be concerned?  Read Full »


Dr. Baratu Bhaisara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. It usually is because of hormonal upregulation and is of no concern if he is physically active, no other major health complaints. It usually subsides on its own. Feel free to connect if there is any concern. Regards.  Read Full »

Is it normal for a 3-year-old not to communicate through complete sentences?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a 3-year-old daughter. She is 11.5 kg in weight and 89 cm in height. She can play, run and tell entire rhymes, but she cannot form her language to communicate. She often repeats the whole statement or questions. She can follow instructions like "bring that ball" or "give me the toy,...  Read Full »


Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is a prevalent query, and the answer is not simple. I have seen several children with this complaint, and most of them acquire normal speech as they grow. These children primarily interact with parents by hand signs. A more straightforward thing I say to parents is...  Read Full »

Can occupational therapy help a child affected by meningitis at birth achieve normal activities?

Query: Hi doctor, My one-and-a-half-year-old son got meningitis at the time of birth. After 21 days of taking antibiotics, he got recovered. Now, he is not able to stand and speak. We did an MRI. It shows an impression of cystic encephalomalacia changes and gliosis in bilateral frontal white matter on rig...  Read Full »


Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your son got meningitis at birth. His MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) findings show brain damage caused due to infection. There is a rare chance for your son to be a normal child. With physiotherapy, he can try to achieve normal activities. Your son will have a development...  Read Full »

Why am I having migraine, loss of memory and hesitation in speech?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a previous history of stroke, and recently also I had a stroke. Hypoplasia of p1 and s1 along with PAVM. I have migraines and now a loss of memory, hesitation in speech, vision changes.  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and recommend performing a brain MRI to exclude a new possible stroke. In the meantime, I recommend taking Piracetam and Donepezil to help improve your vision and memory problems and speech. It is also necessary to continue taking blood th...  Read Full »

Why does my 2.4 years old son only says a few words clearly?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is two years four months old and he is not talking as expected. He speaks few words but it is not clear. He speaks mummy and daddy clearly. If he does not like something, he says no. I am concerned. He is not speaking basic words and sometimes, he just looks at people talking in f...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are worried about the delay in speech. It is good to hear that he is saying single words clearly and he is using two-word phrases. Please mention whether you have checked his ears and hearing are normal. Please mention whether his motor development and social de...  Read Full »

How to know whether my son has autism?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 3.2 years old. He has a speech delay and lack of response. We have done his IQ test, and there is no autism in the result. He is hitting himself and grinding teeth. We are very frustrated by his acts. He will do more once we say no to his activity. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The IQ test does not decide autism. It is determined by the clinical symptoms and signs in your child. Some important signs are disinterest in surroundings, delayed learning skills, delayed language, repetitive and aggressive behavior. If these are present in your ch...  Read Full »

How to deal with my son's behavioral problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 5.5 years old with developmental delay, speech delay and poor motor skills. He is always hitting, biting and scratching other kids or me when he is upset for any reason. I do not know how to deal with this. I have tried many things, but nothing works. Also, he has a 9 year ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunadh M Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Young children with delayed milestones are at high risk of conditions like ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactive disorder) or autism or even behavioral problems. Probably, he needs a careful evaluation to find these problems. Having said that, try...  Read Full »

Will usage of electronic devices cause delay in speech in small children?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is three and a half years old. He just speaks mom and dad. He suffered from RDS at birth and he was on an incubator for four days. Now, he is healthy, active, and naughty. But he is not in a mood to speak other words. We used to give him a tab to watch cartoons when he was two yea...  Read Full »


Dr. Oliver Chiapco

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. A three and a half-year-old child should be able to speak three-word phrases and should know at least a fifty-word vocabulary. He should be able to speak clearly and intelligibly. If he is not doing the above-mentioned activities, then he shou...  Read Full »

Why is my 2-year-old son, not speaking yet?

Query: Hi doctor,My son is 2 years old and he is not speaking yet. He only used to tell some words like dad, banana, ice, etc. He is not trying to talk a full sentence. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is variation in development of speech and language skills in children. It starts from around 6 months and goes on till 3 to 4 years. So, need not worry. Sometimes, boys develop speech and language skills slower than girls. It also depends on as to when either f...  Read Full »

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