Hello I’m big fan of you and your books. Right now I’m reading Happy Kids. I am worried about my two and a half year old brother who I look after while my mother works. He only speaks a few words although he understands everything people tell him. I have tried telling him words but he won’t repeat them. One day I repeated a word all day but he still refused to say it. The doctor said there isn’t a problem for a child his age.
CG: Well done for taking such good care of your little brother. That is very kind of you. I am sure your mother greatly appreciates it. I would take the doctor’s advice and not be concerned about your brother’s lack of speech.  I assume his hearing was checked and found to be fine. In which case he will be hearing the words and it is only a matter of time before he starts to repeat them. Children develop at different rates and he is only young. I think it is a good idea not to make an issue of it. Just keep talking to him as you have been doing and I am sure it won’t be long before he is talking in sentences. However, if you and your mother still have concerns in six months time you could approach your doctor again.