Two things that make any parents are when your baby starts walking and when they start talking. It's a whole new world when you hear first word from your toddler’s mouth. Here are some ways to encourage your little one to communicate faster.
Tips to make your Toddler Talk
- Talk—a lot!—to your toddler. Speak slowly and clearly, use easy, simple and short words & short sentences. Keep it conversational, with plenty of pauses to listen to your child and let him respond.
- Toddlers do so well imitating speech if it is paired with an action or gesture. This is our favorite way to encourage speech and the most effective also. For example Say "jump, jump!" when jumping on the bed or ground or say Say "up, up, up!" as child climbs stairs at the playground.
- The more words you expose your child to, the more words they’ll learn. Here are few ideas
- Point to and name body parts, or make it into a game – for example, ‘Where is your Nose?’
- Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs.
- Make two way communication with your child. Also, add new words when your child is speaking. For example if your child says it is a car, you can say ‘ yes, it’s a red car!
- Assist with first sound. If you are teaching a new word to your child and your child is having difficulty to speak, then assist with first sound. If they are trying to say the word "cat", help them by saying "ccccat" emphasising the "C" sound
- Books are an amazing way to expose your toddlers to new words and develop a love of reading that will help them all throughout his life. Read to your little one every day.
- When your child makes a gesture, or cries and you are aware of what your child wants, imitate the speech that you want your child to say. For example, if they are asking for water by crying, say, "Oh, you want water! Say ‘ water please!'"
Published on: 02nd January 2020
By 1.5 years, toddlers should say at least 10 words. After that word acquisition increased radically.
Mama, Papa, Mam (Water), Bhua
1. Loss of hearing
2. Intellectual disabilities
3. Speech disorders
4. Lack of stimulation