|Most parents are as
thrilled with their children's first words as with their first steps. Language is vital it
allows a child to not only communicate, but they still love to talk. Babies are born
communicators. As baby's drive to communicate becomes stronger coo's gives way to sounds,
then group of sounds uttered singly, word like jargon, then real words, group of real
words and finally sentences.
Many parents have a common question in their
mind " But how do I talk to my toddler who knows as few as 5 to 10 words?"
No matter what time table they're running on, however, children learn to speak faster with
a little help. Here are some guidelines for providing such help.
Talk to your child
Little pincher have big ears, but given the right incentive, they can also have big
words. For your toddler to use language, they must first understand language. And to
understand a language the child must hear it spoken - over and over again. So keep
talking. Your child understands more than you suspect. Include him in family discussions.
While doing errands - say it aloud. On a stroll to a park, remark on the sights like the
blue sky, red car, yellow ball, etc.
Read to him
Begin reading a story or any of his favourites and then pause occasionally so he
can fill in the blanks. Reading to your child provides invaluable exposure to language.
Stick to simple stories at first and to ear catching rhymes. Toddlers love repetition -
love to hear the same story again and over again.
Sing to him
Children naturally love music and will pay close attention to simple songs.
Toddlers enjoy songs that include hand clapping or finger play.
Play with words
Speaking is infinitely more appealing when its made into a game. There are thousand
words in the English language and your toddler will learn them one at a time. The best way
to teach them is through labeling. Label things you see on the streets (truck,car,bus).
Point to something and ask a question "What's this?". Challenge your child o
come up with correct name.
Don't mimic baby talk
Sound like a grown up. Baby's utter sometimes the cutest words like ta-too (thank
you). The temptation is great to mimic these adorable utterances when conversing with your
baby, but hearing your baby talk, he may get confused and won't help his language.
Most kids love to play with the phone long before they talk. Use his fascination to
get him talking. When friends or family call to say hello, let your toddler tie up the
line for short time.
Lend a ear
Toddlers love chatting at times they direct it towards someone and need to be
When your baby addresses you, give him the respectful attention he deserves. Don't ignore
him. Rather if busy stop other things, make eye contact and listen even if you don't
comprehend what he is saying.
Speak when you are spoken to
Don't write off what your toddler is saying as gibberish. Rather respond to him
showing interest and saying "Is that so." Try to read his body language and
facial expression. He may rub his eyes, pull his ears. Ask him "Are you tired, do you
want to take a nap." Immediate feedback will provide your toddler with the motivation
to keep speaking.