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.

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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.

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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.

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What is Parentese?

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

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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.

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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?"

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Encouraging a tot to speak

When encouraging a tot to speak, never correct him or put him on the spot.┬áThis 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.

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Baby Talk

Some parents are adamant against baby talk; instead, they want kids to hear adults speak normally. But that’s the wrong approach.

Parentese’s exaggerated qualities help children’s brains discern discrete sounds.

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Milestones:Speaking

A nine-month-old child is typically developing if he can speak even one word. With the benefit of proper scaffolding, he’ll know fifty to one hundred words within just a few months. By two, he will speak around 320 words; a couple months later – over 570.
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Gauging speech development

You’re the best person to gauge your child’s speech development. If you feel concerned, it’s a good idea to discuss the possibility of a language delay or hearing problem with your child’s doctor.

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When tots talk

Because there is such a wide range of normal ages for beginning to talk, it’s actually more useful to pay attention to how well your baby understands what you say to him.

By 14-15 months, most toddlers will follow at least one verbal command, without any visual cues.

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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. Talk and read with your toddler, name the things the toddler points to, and tell the toddler the words he or she can use to make requests. "Say, ‘Milk, please’.

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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.

For many, "no" is a favorite because as they start getting into everything, "no" is a word they hear several times a day. By about 2 years, your toddler will be able to combine two words and say simple sentences like, "daddy home" and "me bye-bye.

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Talk to children, even 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 zerotothree.org.

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