When tots learn to words

Some toddlers learn new words and phrases rapidly. Others still use gestures and sounds to tell their families what they want and need.

When babies start to talk

Most little ones start babbling ‘mama’ and &’dada’ by 1 year of age. By 15 months, your toddler probably knows several words and loves using them.

Talk to children, even babies

Talk to children & babies. While they may not understand initially, they are developing brain structures necessary for language literacy

Toddler Language Skills

Help your child’s language skills by speaking to her in complete sentences and in ‘adult’ language. Help her to use the correct words and phrases.

Learing A-B-Cs

When kids are learning to speak play word games and say the ABC’s — in fact, singing things like the ABCs is a great way to get them to put the ideas together – kids can often sing songs like their ABCs long before they can use them in any practical sense.

Learning to Talk

Nursery rhymes appeal to kids because they are simple, lyrical and rhyme. Use rymes like patty-cake and peas porridge hot and rub-dub-dub.
From: Families.com


By 24 months your baby should say at least 50 words and use two-word phrases (“Doll mine,” “Daddy go”).

Learning to Talk

When kids are learning to speak don’t correct them constantly- if they say “us are doing something”, or “me” in lieu of “I” that’s also okay

Inspire talking

Plan more playdates. When your toddler hears other kids his age talking, he’ll be inspired to join in. source

Using a mirror

Kids learn to pronounce words by watching you speak, but become better at by seeing her own mouth move as she talks. source

Toddler talk

Don’t finish your toddler’s sentences for him; doing so will only add to his frustration. source

When toddlers start to talk

Most toddlers begin to say Mama and Dada between 7 and 15 months, say 4-6 words between 11 and 22 months, and say 50 or more words between 18 and 27 months.

From: About.com: Pediatrics

Talk to children, even the youngest babies

Talk to children, even the youngest babies. While they may not understand initially, they are developing the brain structures necessary for later language literacy.

For young babies, hearing language means learning language.

From: Zero to three.org

Encouraging speech

Encourage a child’s speech by speaking directly to your child and allow her plenty of time for her to respond or speak back.

From: howkidsdevelop.com Opens in new window

Toddler’s speech

Worried about your toddler’s speech? Check with your local school district. Most districts offer an Early Intervention Program. They will screen your child and offer services if needed.

From: berkeley.edu Opens in new window

Early baby talk

Before 12 Months of age it’s important for kids this age to be watched for signs that they’re using their voices to relate to their environment.

Cooing and babbling are early stages of speech development.

From: kidshealth.org Opens in new window

What is Parentese?

Parentese, or baby talk, exaggerated qualities help children’s brains discern discrete sounds.

From: abcnews.go.com Opens in new window

Speaking clearly

Speaking clearly is difficult for a young child. There are nearly 100 different muscles in the vocal tract that need to be coordinated.

From: parents.com Opens in new window

Building vocabulary

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"

From: readingrockets.org Opens in new window

Encouraging a tot to speak

When encouraging a tot to speak, never correct him or put him on the spot. This seems obvious but so many parents say, "Oops, I’ve been doing that!"

Instead of correcting him, simply model and say the correct word in your speech.

From: playonwords.com Opens in new window