Toddler Talking Tips for Parents!
1) Read, Read, Read! Choose colorful books with large simple photos or
drawings. Talk about the pictures rather than reading the text.
2) Wait, Wait, Wait! Don’t
anticipate our child’s needs. Delay your response to your child’s pointing,
gestures or babbling when he wants things. Pretend you don’t understand what he
wants. Allow enough time for him to process information and find the words that
he needs to say.
3) Self Talk.Talk out-loud about what you are seeing, hearing, doing and feeling
when your child is in earshot, this will help increase receptive language.
4) Parallel Talk.Talk out-loud about what is happening to your child. Describe what he
is doing, seeing, hearing and feeling when he is in earshot.
5) Praise your child. Respond to your child’s speech attempts with
non-verbal and verbal praise. This will encourage his to try and communicate
6) Expansion Modeling. Try and add one to two words to what our child says
when responding back to him. For Example: Child says “daddy” and you say “daddy
7) Sing to your child. Children love music! Songs promote vocal play,
imitation, attention, listening and speech. For example: “The Itisy Bitsy
Spider,” “Twinkle, Twinkle little star” or “The Wheels on The Bus.”
8) Use Sign Language.The use of sign language can help bridge the gap
between language and speech. Sign language has been found to encourage language
development not hinder it. It improves IQ by 13 points!
9) Ask open-ended questions. You want to encourage your child to use his words
and to avoid answering yes/no questions. For example ask; “What do you want?”
as opposed to “Do you want the ball?”
10) Don’t pressure your child.Communication should be fun and interactive. Don’t
ask your child more than 3 times to answer a question. Children tune out when
they feel pressured.
Preschool Interactive Websites!
iphone Application for AAC
Panda Pal PECS is an iPad application that is designed to help children with speech and language deficits communicate. view www.Pandapal.com for more information.
Toys to improve Language Development:
Bubbles: $1.oo at your local Walgreens!
bubble containers changed my life!
I love the smaller ones with characters on the sticks that kids
recognize. I do not use the automatic blower types because I want kids to learn to blow. Imitating blowing is a great way to get
toddlers to start to imitate any kind of mouth movement.
words - bubbles, pop, more, mine, please, blow, all gone, wet, yucky, in, out,
plus character names.
"My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards": $10.oo at Barns and Nobles, by Dk Publishing
cards have texture for the kids to touch and feel, which keeps their
interest. “First Words”or "First Animals" are the most popular among
the toddlers! You can work on receptive language by having the child
"touch the duck," while holding up 2 picture cards or work on
expressive language by having the child label the cards. For example, an
early talker "quack-quack" or a more advanced talker "I see a yellow
potato head: $6.oo at your local Walgreens.
This is a basic vocabulary building
activity since you can target body parts and basic clothing items such as hats
and shoes. Get Tupperware boxes so you can keep all of your accessories together.
words – eyes, nose, mouth, arms, ears, shoes, hat, up, down, go, walk and jump.
Puzzles: $3.oo- 10.oo at Toy stores near you!
toddlers love to do puzzles. Puzzles
are also great for targeting receptive and expressive language. After you’ve had your child name the
piece going in (or choosing from a choice of 2 is even better), you can have
him, “Get the _____,” to clean up the pieces. You can expand receptive language more by asking him tougher
questions, “Which one says moo?”
“Which one flies?” “Which
one goes in the water?” “Which one
do you wear on your feet?” You can
also have him request the puzzle pieces to improve expressive vocabulary
Dolls: $3.oo- 15.oo at Toy Stores near you!
is the very best and easiest early pretend activity you can do. My basic set
includes cups, spoons, a fork, bowl/plate, bottles of milk and juice, blanket,
carrier, brush, hats, shirts, socks or s and of course plastic food (healthy only!).
There are so many things you can use this for to target both receptive
and expressive language. You can
give lots of directions, “Feed the baby” or "Baby wants milk."
You can expand to higher level receptive concepts, “She’s sleepy. What should she do?” You can have your child request for
every single thing you’re going to do with the dolls. It’s endless and a must-have activity for every toddler.
Words- baby, (all of the nouns/names for all of the accessories you’re using),
plus all of the verbs/action words you can do with dolls - wash, eat, sleep,
drink, jump, walk, dance, swing, night-night, etc…, plus the
prepositions/location words you can target - clothing items can be put on/off,
baby can be put in/out of various things, baby can climb up, fall down, etc…. Descriptive Words - big, little,
wet, dry, yucky, stinky, pretty, etc…
Animals: $1.oo- 5.oo at Toy stores near you!
All kids love animals! I use animals for every age group. My 12 month old's can improve receptive skills by identifying animals or improve their speech development by imitating animal sounds. Imitating animal sounds target consonant vowel (CV) or consonant vowel consonant vowel (CVCV) words combinations. For example, "moo," "woof," "baa-baa," "neigh" or "oi-oink." Targets basic sounds, /b/, /m/, /n/ & /w/.