Improving Speech and Language in Toddlers

Although your baby will learn to speak when he is ready, there is a lot that you as a parent can do to help him learn better. It is not difficult, and all you need to do is form a structured way of playing and spending time with your child fruitfully.

Talk to your baby. It may be difficult to talk to someone who is not able to respond like you want them to, but you must keep at it. Talk about things you are doing for him, with him. Talk about everything related to him. Even if he is not talking back to you, you will notice that he is listening keenly. This means he is trying to process what you are saying and give it a context. Soon, you will find him trying to be more participative. This is a long process and you will need to be more patient.

Initially, listen to what the child is saying and try and make the same noise back to the child. This will give him an idea of the sound that he is trying to make, and help him learn better.

When you talk to your baby, keep the communication short and simple. You must use simple and short sentences. This will help your baby understand correctly. He will also be able to respond to you much faster. You should use the same words repeatedly to help him understand words and their contexts.

Play games with him. This will involve the use of words and actions. This will help him pick up speech and actions. Both are important in helping develop verbal and non verbal communication in the baby. Sing sings to and with your baby. Listen to songs and stories on cd’s and play them for him over and over again.

Let him watch and help with household chores everyday. This will help familiarise the child with more words and activities, and he will also learn a lot more.

Show the child simple picture books and short stories regularly. With frequent reading you will find that your child will be able to recognise pictures and sounds, and also memorise better.