Toddlers are learning so much every day and it’ just simply amazing to witness! They are discovering the world and figuring it all out. It’s at this point that speech development is a huge part of their learning journey.
It’s often the case that toddlers understand much more than they can actually say meaning they can get frustrated which may lead to tantrums and tears. Let’s have a look at a few ways to help your toddler develop their speech.
Look at Your Child (And Get Down at their Level)
If you take a look at how you really communicate with your little one, it may surprise you how often language is thrown out whilst you are not facing your child. To further assist their speech, it may help if you make conscious attempts to look at your child when speaking to them.
It may also help if you are at the same level as them, as this helps focus your little one on you and the message you are trying to communicate. This will also help phase out other distractions such as toys and other children etc.
It may seem obvious, but slow down! There are a few angles to be taken here. First of all, just remember that life can sometimes pass by at lightening speed so if you can slow down and really talk to your little one during the everyday routines this will help. Its during the daily routines such as taking a bath, meal time that your little one will be learning the most.
Secondly, slow down your own speech. A lot of us may not even realise it but we speak really fast and toddlers may have a hard time keeping up. Just be conscious of this and really try to slow down at every opportunity.
Everything in the modern age is so fast paced and we expect things to take seconds rather than minutes. Smart phones are the prime example here, they can perform Google searches and gives us the information we want almost instantly.
It comes as a given but you need to be patient with your little one and just wait for them to respond. Most of the time we don’t realise it but we are not allowing our children to rake part in important learning experiences because we are too busy doing it for them. If you ask them to do something, then just wait and give them a chance to learn!
Stop Counting and Start Communicating
More often that not, parents are more focused on counting than communicating. For example, a toddler may be able to count the stairs and know their colours and shapes but can they communicate their basic needs yet?
If the answer to that question is no, then more focus on the environment around your little one rather than numbers and shapes. By all means, naturally involve numbers and shapes but gradually phase these in.
They are sponges at this age, so point things out and talk about them. Ask your little one questions and then wait for their response. Talk to your child, don’t just count the stairs.
What do you think? How do YOU encourage speech and language development with your children?
Thanks for reading and i hope you can put some of these tips into practice.
See you again soon!