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Where to Start When You Worry About Your Child’s Speech

Language development and ability to talk is both a source of joy and worry for many parents.

In raising my own three children, I felt so lucky and gratified as all three started to say their first words around 9 months and by 18 months all three could express their thoughts, feelings and wants in 5 word sentences while still sitting at their high chair.

Many of the list of activities suggested bellow was the reason for my success.

Tips for supporting your child’s speech and language development

  • Start talking to your child at birth. Even newborns benefit from hearing speech.
  • Respond to your baby’s coos and babbling.
  • Play simple games with your baby like peek-a-boo and patty-cake.
  • Talk to your child a lot. Tell them what you are doing as you do it.
  • Read books aloud. Ask a librarian for books appropriate to your child’s age. If your baby loses interest in the text, just talk about the pictures.
  • Sing to your child and provide them with music. Learning new songs helps your child learn new words, and uses memory skills, listening skills, and expression of ideas with words.
  • Use gestures along with words.
  • Don’t try to force your child to speak.
  • Expand on what your child says. (For example, if your child says, “Elmo,” you can say, “You want Elmo!”)
  • Describe for your child what they are doing, feeling and hearing in the course of the day.
  • Listen to your child. Look at them when they talk to you. Give them time to respond. (It feels like an eternity, but count to 5—or even 10—before filling the silence).
  • Encourage storytelling and sharing information.
  • Play with your child one-on-one, and talk about the toys and games you are playing.
  • Plan family trips and outings. Your new experiences give you something interesting to talk about before, during, and after the outing.
  • Look at family photos and talk about them.
  • Ask your child lots of questions.
  • Don’t criticize grammar mistakes. Instead, just model good grammar.
  • Follow your child’s lead, so you are doing activities that hold their interest as you talk.
  • Have your child play with kids whose language is a little better than theirs.

The following site is a good place to visit to get more information.

I find the list of suggestions quite helpful and beneficial.

Make sure you include prayers and meditation to your routine as a parent and teacher to open and clam your own mind and heart and remain connected with the source of all powers in the universe.

As to children ability to learn multiple languages, I strongly feel exposure to several languages by several family members is wonderful. My observation is when a parent or grandparent speaks only in a certain language with the child, the child ultimately learns to communicate in that language and the language of others who are around and lovingly and consistently communicate and relate to the child in that particular  language.


I hope this is helpful.


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