Children learn best while playing. It is the most meaningful and motivating activity for a toddler. Therefore, use this time wisely. As a bonus, playing is fun! Play food is one of my favorite activities for speech therapy since children find it so interesting and it has a great variety of vocabulary words including colors and names of food.
What you need: Play food
How to Play: There are no specific directions on how to "play" this game. Instead, simply model the vocabulary words as your play. Remember to ask questions and make comments using simple direct language.
Sample Vocabulary Words:
These concepts are all appropriate for toddlers. You, the parent, will work on great vocabulary without thinking.
1. Using simple language at this age does not mean baby talk. Your speech should be slower with a little more animation but closer to adult-like speech.
2. Match your child's length of speech and then add one more word. If your child speaks using 1 word, use 2 words. If your child does not speak yet, use 1 word phrases, etc...
Child who is 20 months old and says about 15 words (what NOT to do)
This child only speaks using single words; therefore, talking in 4-5 word phrases can be a bit overwhelming. While this parent and child play and have some conversational exchanges, the child did not have the opportunity to repeat words and/or learn a new word.
Child who is 20 months old and says about 15 words (what TO do)