Toddlers hit all sorts of milestones faster than a blink of an eye, but if you are afraid your toddler is lagging behind on speech and language development try some of these 5 easy tips.*
- Read, read read – Reading to your child is one of the best ways for a child to develop language skills. Don’t just read the book, but interact with your child while you read. Ask her to point to pictures, ask questions about the story, etc.
- Mirror, mirror on the wall – Children learn to pronounce words by watching others speak. Look in a mirror with your child and recite poems, sing songs or recite nursery rhymes together.
- Color your world – Be descriptive when you are talking about things. Instead of saying “Would you like an apple?” or “Look at that dog!” use descriptive words. “Would you like a round, red apple?” “Look at that small, black dog!”
- Mix it up with music – Music and movement have rhythm just like language. Put on your child’s favorite music and dance away! You will be amazed at the “indirect connections” music plays in helping your child develop language skills.
- Keep it positive – If your child’s articulation or words aren’t exactly correct, don’t criticize. Repeat it with the correct usage.
What tips do you have to help your toddler’s speaking develop?
*Always check with your pediatrician if you feel your child is not hitting developmental milestones.