Not every child learns at the same pace. My son is 3 and he is very advanced with his mechanical skills (this info came from his doctor too) but his speech isn’t there much. It has been recommended that we take him to see a speech therapist, however we haven't and not because we don’t want him to talk but because I feel there is another reason that he hasn’t spoken and so far, I have been right. Children can feel our stress, which causes them stress. My husband was deployed for the entire year last year and a few months from 2009, he left right as our son was starting his "talking". I have always said that our son "waits for his daddy to be home" ever since I was pregnant with him. My husband was deployed when I was pregnant with him and he didn’t make his appearance until my husband was home (smart kid). So don’t listen to all of those people who are quick to "make judgment" that your child is retarded or something is seriously wrong with him...YOU are his mother...YOU know YOUR child NOT ANYONE ELSE. Get some books on first words, shapes, etc. See if you can find them on his favorite cartoon characters...that is a huge help. I also made my own Alphabet pages. On each page I put 2 pictures of what begins with that letter (such as “A”...I put a picture of an apple being carried by ants.) I put the "eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet, face, etc. on the letters as well...this has been a huge success. Don’t get down, pick yourself up and your child and start slowly, he will catch on....he just needs yours and your husbands/significant others love and help.