How to Help Your Little One to Talk

Regular readers of my family blog will have noticed that I am rather concerned at the fact that my youngest hardly speaks. According to Talking Point a 2.5 year old speaks 50 words but I'm sure I can count on my hands how many she can speak. Of course like many parents I'm worried about my child and thus I decided to take to social media to ask fellow bloggers/vloggers for their suggestions on how I may be able to encourage my toddler to talk. 

How to Help Your Little One to Talk

Here are the suggestions that they came up with:

There's a cbeebies program called Yakadee which is brilliant for teaching toddlers words, my daughter loves watches it and joining in! - Entertaining Elliot

Keep talking to them constantly even around the house telling them all you are doing like washing the dishes , what you are cooking etc - Ankle Biters 

Use the commenting approach. Role playing with games such as farms, picnics ‘look at the big brown cow jumping over the little white rabbit’ for example and talk about what they are doing. Practice mouth exercises, doing animal noises, bang, swoosh anything you can think of that you do that makes a noise. Blowing buddies is great to get their mouths making shapes. We eventually got our 2.5 year old talking by playing snap! -Yammy Mommy

Over Christmas my 3 year old all of a sudden started talking much clearer and in long sentences! I definitely think it's because we spent a lot of time at home, no rushing around just talking to each other. So my tip is

Talk! Talk to them all the time, make conversations and tell them what you are doing constantly. Let them hear you talk to others too. Just chat to them like you would anyone else! - Whimsical Mumblings

Our speech therapist suggested letting him finish sentences, keep repeating sequences like ‘ready, steady, go’ and then wait for him to say go, or eventually steady. Reading a lot for them, which I’m sure you’re doing and make him to finish words by memory... 
it’s bloody hard! I know. Eventually my boy has got diagnosed with ASD so now we know why was he delayed and still behind with speech at 4 years - but his vocabulary is a lot better than his peers.

it’s bloody hard! I know. Eventually my boy has got diagnosed with ASD so now we know why was he delayed and still behind with speech at 4 years - but his vocabulary is a lot better than his peers.
Also making him use straws to strengthen the muscles is meant to be good! - Captain Bobcat

Our speech therapist recommended the Articulation Station app which really helped us practice the sounds my daughter couldn't do. Making faces in a mirror copying each other (to learn how to move your mouth) and saying words into a mirror were good ones too.- Crafts on Sea

We have 3 languages in our family and our son struggled to speak and you could see it frustrated him a lot hence lots of tantrums. We decided to concentrate on English as one main language for the moment and that seemed to help him. Also the other 2 things that helped are: reading lots of books and IPad (ABC and other nursery rhyme songs, educational apps and Kids YouTube). - Cosmo Mum

At this age toddlers understand everything!! So the fact that she/he can’t yet respond don’t think she’s not remembering words you say, keep repeating words you want to teach her, keep talking to her about things, sing for her and she will start when you are not expecting. We have 2 languages and i never thought my 2 year old could understand English but i was shocked when she said few words in English. Hope this helps. - Kristines Blog

I have since tried some of these out and we thought we'd cracked it with Yakkadee but it seems that she will only talk on her terms only. If you have words of advice please do leave them in the comments below. 

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  1. As the parent of a non-verbal child of almost 12 years old, I'm not sure what will work for you, and nobody else can be sure of that either (you get to hear ALL the advice when you have a non-verbal child, and although people mean well, and I'm grateful for most of the input we've had, it can sometimes get frustrating too). But what I've seen over and over again, is that offering a child alternative ways of communication often helps their verbal abilities too. So you could try some simple signs (check out the #Makaton hashtag on Twitter, loads of videos, sign of the week etc, and Mr Tumble if she likes that), and there are free versions of simple AAC apps, and also using pictures to communicate with (print out pictures of things and activities she might like to ask for, and maybe some pictures showing feelings as well, to get started). Plus I suppose the obvious thing would be to get an appointment with a speech therapist, though I don't know how hard that is to get access to.
    Singing the same favourite songs over and over has also been great for us (and I've heard that working well for others too). Maybe music therapy, if you can find a good one near you? xx #MMBC

  2. This was not a problem I had with mine so no real advice, however I did notice my triplets had their own language before they communicated with the rest of us wish still makes me chuckle. I'm sure your little girl will join in with speech when she is ready, I love the sound of the TV program to help. #Ablogginggoodtime

  3. sounds like you have some very supportive advice there, I too have been told repeat things back when they do speak and also talk lots around the home exposing what you are doing, and on walks pointing everything out. I know they all do things at their own pace, but any concerns make sure you get checked out just in case there are some early interventions you can pop into place. I am sure you will be on top of it as you are clearly an amazing mum who gives her girls so many wonderful experiences and adventures, #ABloggingGoodTime


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