In the development of the cognitive skills, speech and language, early years in the life of your toddler are significant. This can help you to recognize the importance of your encouragement for your kid to talk.
Being a parent, it is vital to know how to encourage a toddler to talk.
A child growing at a normal pace of development; it is easy for him to learn and develop opportunities to learn a language.
Playing some games, simple daily communication, and experiences help a child in acquiring new language skills.
How To Encourage a Toddler To Talk?
According to research increased exposure to a language can be helpful in
- Promoting suitable social interaction
- Improving vocabulary size (3 years old and beyond)
- Enhancing language and reading skills (until grade 3)
- Predicting preschool fluency
- Helps to avoid problematic behavior
Talking to your children is always significant.
It helps in promoting better communicative skills in them. It is good that you prepare your children well for Montessori communication and friendly relations.
The process of language learning begins from the birth time.
Your baby can learn to experience different voices as sounds.
Most of the babies have developed enough language by the time they are two years old.
They can put different words together for communicating their ideas and needs.
It is good to know this learning process in details; to encourage and improve your child’s capacity to communicate.
First Three Months (1-3)
- The baby starts listening to his parents’ voices. He makes gurgling and cooing sounds to copy the different sounds made by his parents.
- You can sing for your baby even before his birth. He can hear you singing.
- To provide an excellent learning environment, you can talk to your kiddo and others around. He will not be able to understand your words, but he would develop a certain likeness for your smile and voice. He enjoys listening and seeing people around as well.
- Not always accompanied by radio, TV or other sounds, babies should be given some time to play and babble alone. They enjoy this tranquillity as well.
Three to Six Months
The period from three to six months of age for your child; is to take the role of a ‘talker.’ You can help him by
- Bring your baby close to you and to look into your eyes.
- Share stories with him and exchange smiles.
- You can copy your baby when he babbles.
- If your baby tries to copy the sounds you make, keep repeating the word.
Six to Nine Months
- The baby would love to play with different sounds like dada and baba. Some of the sounds seem to be similar to words. A cheerful voice makes a baby smile, an annoying word or voice can make him cry or feel bad.
- Your baby can enjoy some words even without being able to speak any. You can play different games like Pat-a-Cake or Peek-a-Boo. Your baby can enjoy the rhythm by moving his hands to it.
- Hand over some to your kiddo and tell him it’s soft, fuzzy, or smooth.
- Call his name and ask ‘Where is my kiddo?’ he may wonder at first then start enjoying it.
- You can teach him his name; tell him to look into the mirror and name the boy in the mirror.
- Ask some questions like ‘Where is the teddy?’ if he does not reply, show him where the teddy is.
Nine to Twelve Months
- By the time your baby is nine months old, he will be able to understand some easy words. You can stop him from doing something by saying ‘No.’ If you ask ‘Where is Daddy? He will go towards his dad.
- He would have learned to point to things, making sounds, and be able to use his body language to inform you about the things he wants. He may ask you to pick him up by and to look into your eyes and lifting his hands. He may point to the things he wants you to hand over. You can teach him some words with actions like how to say bye, bye, or hello on picking the phone.
Twelve to Fifteen Months
- At this age, your kid can start some words. He can consistently make some sounds to identify some objects like juju or baba for juice and bottle, respectively. Now young children can understand up to twenty words and speaks only a word or two. He will be able to pick something for you if you name it.
Even he can make you do what he wants by pointing, babbling, or reaching for the required thing. You can hold something and name it for him.
- You can ask some questions or name of things from your child while reading a picture story. He may need some time to recall and name them, let him have it.
- You can use easy words that he may require to use for his needs like, juice, cup, glass, or teddy.
- You can appreciate him by clapping or smiling when he names something correctly. You can add a few words to the ones he has learned, ‘Look at the teddy, he is smiling at you.’
- Choose to talk about the thing that your baby likes the most. Let him recall the name and share with you.
- You can teach new vocabulary by asking him to name the color of the shirt he wants to wear. And ask him if he wants to drink juice or water.
- If he has learned the word football, you can add that it is a big, black ball.
- You can name his favorite toy and keep repeating ‘Teddy’ is calling you, Teddy wants to sleep with you.’
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Fifteen to Eighteen Months
Your kiddo can now use more intricate signs to communicate and continue building new vocabulary.
He can hold your hand and take you to the kitchen to give you an ‘Appa’ (apple).
- Now you can teach him the name of body parts like nose, eyes, toes, fingers and tell him to touch them.
- When he hands over you something, say ‘Thank You. This way, you can teach him new expressions.
Eighteen Months to Two Years
Your child will learn to follow your given directions and be able to join words to convey his meaning. He can put up words like ‘very hungry,’ ‘want water’ or ‘give me.’
You can play pretend games with him to improve language learning. The assumed situation will encourage your kid to use more words to communicate.
- You can ask for little help like bringing the TV remote or to put the keys in the drawer.
- You can teach him some rhymes. Guide him to point to things he names in the rhymes.
Two to Three Years
This is the time when your child will able to connect more words to make easy sentences, like ‘Daddy going”. He will have learned to answer some questions like ‘Where is the cat?’
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When he is 36 months old, he can play more play games like going to the office, fixing his toys or copy some cartoon character.
He will have learned to answer even more complicated questions like, ‘What should I cook for you?’
- Now you can teach him to tell his full name.
- You can tell him to name the color and shapes of different things.
- Ask him more complex questions which have more answers than merely saying ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ This will help him to learn new expressions and to develop more ideas.
- Reading helps a lot in improving vocabulary. You should manage storytime for your kiddo. Later you can ask him to tell some story; he will have enough words for telling a story after reading his favorite book.
- Children at this enjoy pretending plays very often. They love assuming themselves to be a doctor, teacher, or anyone from home. This provides him an opportunity to use the learned language and explore more expressions.
- You should not forget the value of quiet time for your kid. Turning off the Sound system or the TV will give him peaceful time. Let him enjoy his quiet time, singing and telling you his stories.
Getting your children involved in some useful conversations may take some time, but it is worth it. You can play games or choose activities from the mentioned ones.
You can generate some activities of your own using the imagination and interests of your child.
Making some efforts will help you to lay a strong foundation for your child to master and develop his speech.
He will start enjoying and exploring new dimensions in language learning.
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Language is a useful skill; if children are provided with a love of learning from early childhood, along with some stimulating environment, they can keep learning and exploring better things in life.
You are required to generate an environment suitable to promote language and speech skills. You would need to provide your toddler; affirmative role models and human communication for speech stimulation.
By and large, this informative post has brilliantly guided you on how to encourage a toddler to talk.
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