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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