Is you toddler taking a while to speak? Each child develops at his or her own pace. If you are really concerned, you can check with your child’s doctor or consult a speech therapist. But, there are things that you can do at home to encourage speech.
Help Your Toddler With His Speech Delay
This can help your toddler see how his mouth moves. Stand in front of a mirror with your toddler, and clearly, pronounce a few easy words. See if he can mimic you.
2.Spend Time Each Day Playing
Set aside 45 minutes to an hour each day to sit down on the floor and play with your toddler. Talk to him or her describing things as you play. It’s an investment in your toddler’s development.
3.Place Favorites Out Of Reach
Putting your toddler’s favorite toy, juice, snack, etc. just out of reach means that he must communicate with you to get it. Encourage him to express his want.
4.Teach Sign Language
This may seem like your are encouraging a lack of speech, but some studies have linked sign language and speech development. Say each word that you sign and see what happens with some consistency.
5.Books and Nursery Rhymes
Make reading and nursery rhymes and songs a regular part of your day. These activities encourage talking in a fun and engaging way.
6.Reiterate Your Child
When your child does talk to you, reiterate what he or she expresses adding in your own words and validating what he or she has said. This helps your child want to talk more and understand correct pronunciations.
Ask questions at home, while running errands, and when playing outside. Give your child plenty of time to respond and answer. If he does not respond you can supply the answer yourself and he will likely begin to.
Ear infections and other issues may be causing a problem with your child’s hearing and thus his or her speech. Check out this post: Guide to Speech Delays, Parenting.com for more information on what to look for when it comes to age and speech.