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my niece is 2 years old and she isnt talking. Is this normal?

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she can say mama, dada, juice, bye, and love you.....everythang else is jibberish...and my 11 month old can say mama, baba, dada( which i hate lol), puppy, baby, paw paw, and a few other things....... so shouldn't my niece be saying more than wat she does?

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this is a little behind regular development. tell your niece's mom to have her pediatrician refer her to a speech pathologist so that occupational/speech therapy can begin. speech delay is somewhat common and can usually be overcome quickly with the right help. she needs to let her daughter's doctor know that she is not making simple sentences and only has a few words in her vocabulary. The doctor should notice the problem and if the referral is not offered make sure she asks for one. hope that helps. good luck!
My daughter was 22 months when I had her evaluated by speech/occupational therapists because she wasn't saying words that would have been developmentally appropriate for her age. In the evaluation, she did well in everything but was delayed in speech. At the end of the evaluation, the therapist gave me a few suggestions on how I could work with her at home: list of foods for her to eat, so she would use her jaw muscles more to develop the muscles for speech; tumbling-forward rolls-this somehow stimulates something in the brain stem to accelerate speech; AND THEY TOLD ME TO NOT TALK SO MUCH- I was doing all of the talking, pointing out things to her on our walks and rides in the car(like a tour guide) to actually help increase her vocabulary. When I tried these simple suggestions, within a short period of time, it was amazing how much she was improving. She was saying more words, putting together sentences etc. Wow, when she started talking it was like an explosion! I had many people comment on how clear her words were and how good a vocabulary she had. She is now 6 and has a fantastic vocabulary. I give myself a little of the credit ... I guess she was listening to me when I was doing all the talking and playing tour guide :) .   
I went through the same thing with my son. I had him evaluated by a speech therapist at 3. I also had his hearing checked and a full exam by an ear, nose, & throat specialist. Turns out, his older sister wasn't giving him a chance to speak!!  Within a month of his beginning speech therapy, she began pre-K and he began to talk non stop!  I just didn't realize how much she was compensating for him.  He continued speech therapy unil he turned 9.  It also affected his reading comprehension. I chose to have him repeat 1st grade, not because of failing grades, but because of a lack of maturity.  He is nearing his 10th birthday, in the 3rd grade and makes the honor roll every time. :)  I wouldn't change any of my previous decisions for anything in the world.
I went through the same thing with my son. I had him evaluated by a speech therapist at 3. I also had his hearing checked and a full exam by an ear, nose, & throat specialist. Turns out, his older sister wasn't giving him a chance to speak!!  Within a month of his beginning speech therapy, she began pre-K and he began to talk non stop!  I just didn't realize how much she was compensating for him.  He continued speech therapy unil he turned 9.  It also affected his reading comprehension. I chose to have him repeat 1st grade, not because of failing grades, but because of a lack of maturity.  He is nearing his 10th birthday, in the 3rd grade and makes the honor roll every time. :)  I wouldn't change any of my previous decisions for anything in the world.
My 2 year old sounds like he's ready for kindergarten but that doesnt mean you should worry. I have a baby brother that is almost 3 (yes my dad was having kids a little late lol) and he doesn't say nearly as many words as my son and sounds like jibberish as well. I also know that my cousin didn't say words or talk for years and his mom was worried, and when he was about 4, he didn't shut up. :-) 
My son just turned 3 in March and still doesn't talk.  Barely a mama or dada.  We had him evaluated and now he sees a speach therapist twice a week.  She called his condition Apraxia of Speech.  It's like he wants to communicate and He understands what we say, but for him the words just don't come out.  He is learning sign language (and so are his mom and me).  His speech therapist thinks he will out grow it, until then we have lots of patience and keep signing on. 
look to see if there is a CHILDFIND in your area... they do a review of a childs progress based on language, fine and gross motors skills  for no cost to the parent...  My daughter talked constantly from a young age and didnt walk til 18 months... kids develop at their own pace and usually do one skill at a time
My neice didn't talk until she was almost three. She has an older brother and sister and it seemed they always knew what she wanted/needed and they would tell us. She just had no reason to speak, I guess. We knew she was smart because she could tell what you were saying. When she was about 20 months old her brother fell and she waddled off to the kitchen and came back with a bottle of water from the fridge and put it on his knee!She started speech therapy at three years old and she talks all the time now at five years old. Looks like this is similar to everyone else's experience, so I think everything will work out fine for you.
I think you should have your sister talk with her pediatrician about this.  They can refer her to someone to do an evaluation if appropriate.  She does not want to miss a hearing or speech problem that could be made worse by waiting.  Tell her not to be afraid of this, it can only help.  Like others have said, my brother did not speak until he was 3 years old, I am his older sister and I spoke for him.  Once he started talking it was in sentences, with perfect diction and he has never stopped, ugh!  Better to be proactive and be surprised than complacent and put your niece at a disadvantage or cause her harm.

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