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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My 27-month-old toddler does not try to talk and uses his fingers to point out at things. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, My 27-month-old toddler is not saying much. When he wants something he will use his hand to get it or use my fingers instead of his to point to a picture or words in a book. He skeals and shouts a lot when he is excited.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As reported by you, we need to evaluate the hearing of your child by an audiologist. If he does not have any kind of hearing loss. Further, you have to consult a speech therapist nearby or online for detailed evaluation and treatment. There are a lot of factors...  Read Full »

Why is my 2-year-old son finding it difficult to speak? Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years old. He can only say a few words like mama, baba, nana, gugu, etc. He cannot even clearly speak his mother tongue. However, he can clearly point a thing when asked. He can also recognize his closed relatives. We have tried to teach him more words like didi, pisi, etc....  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello,Welcome to, I would like to know if his motor milestones are adequate? If they are not, please evaluate his hearing by an audiologist. It might so happen that he may have a mild or a moderate hearing loss. As you say he points at what is asked, he might be able to hear your...  Read Full »

My 25-month-old daughter does not react to her name and lines up the toys. Do these symptoms suggest autism?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 25 months old and does not react to her name and does not play with toys appropriately. She only lines them up and does not want anyone to play with the toys. If you show her how to play with them, she takes them off someone’s hand and lines them up again. She does not...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Yes, delayed language development, the likeness of sameness, lining toys, and not reacting to names could be early symptoms of autism. I need information about the following to assist further. Does she make eye conta...  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 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, and repetitive and aggressive behavior. If these are present in your...  Read Full »

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 Narang

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 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 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 Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 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 »

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