Below are simple ways to encourage a late talker to talk.
These activities aren’t necessarily complicated or expensive. The most important part is you, the parent, and how you interact and talk with your child.
Below is a list of common first words and ideas on how to get your child to say them using common toys.
1. All gone: Say “all gone” after eating, playing with blocks, putting toys away
2. Baby: Look at pictures in books, play with baby dolls
3. Book: Point to books, read books, put blocks on top of books
4. Bye-bye: Wave bye-bye to everyone and every animal you see, it even works with toys
5. Car: Move cars around the floor, make them go down ramps, push cars over books
6. Cookie: Say cookie while eating cookies, putting cookies in a jar, count cookies, a doll eats cookies
7. Eat: Say eat while you eat a meal before each bite, feed a stuffed animal
8. Uh – oh: Say “uh-oh” as you drop toys or knock over blocks
9. Shoe: Point to shoes, put shoes on dolls, put toys in shoes
10. Milk: Say milk while drinking, give pretend milk to stufBelow is a list of fed animals, point to milk in fridge
11. Go: Make ANYTHING go such as cars, blocks, you, animals, I like to start with ready…. set…. GO!!!
12. More: Say more when you want more of something; food, socks, books, laundry, grass
13. Shhh: Put animals, teddy bears, or dolls to sleep by covering them with a blanket and saying “shhh”
14. Bug: Dig for fake or real bugs in sand, point to bugs outside, make plastic bugs crawl around the house
15. Ball: Bounce balls, roll balls, throw balls. Say ball before every turn
Schedule reading time every day (i.e., before bed or after nap). This works on all milestones and is an excellent way to encourage a late talker to talk!
Reading is a VERY important “game” for a late talker! You don’t have to actually read the whole book. Instead, point to pictures, turn pages, name objects etc.
Ask your 2-year-old to point to objects. Give an example first. Point to a dog and then ask your little one to point to a dog.
Your main goal when reading isn’t finishing the book but learning language. If you child wants to stay on one page, that is fine! If she wants to skip to the end, that is okay!
How to Play: Name body parts while...
Have your toddler point to body parts or name them as you go!
If your child can work on language duirng meals, do it! It is functional and easy. If it stresses you or your child out, skip it!
How To Play: During meals where your toddler is eating more than one type of food, offer 2 choices before some bites and wait for a response.
Example: Your child is eating broccoli and chicken
In this example, the child did not say chicken. However, if the child repeats the food, give the food immediately. Soon, the child will learn that speaking is more efficient than pointing.
DO NOT TO FRUSTRATE YOUR CHILD BY WITHHOLDING FOOD UNTIL HE OR SHE SPEAKS. Instead, make it fun and do this “game” after every few bites.
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Believe it or not, you may be doing this wrong. How you talk to your child is crucial at this age. Read below to learn 2 easy techniques!
1. Use repeat-expand-repeat
Repeat: Repeat any word your child says during play time.
Expand: Build on the word your toddler said. Keep it simple.
Repeat: If your child repeats your expansion, say it again!
2. Use 3 Strikes & You Still Win
This technique is fantastic for a child who is a "late talker."
The most important thing you can do though is adjust HOW you talk to your child. Click here for more tips on how to talk to you late talker.
Just for a quick refresher, review what is expected of a 2-year old. Sometimes we expect too little and sometimes we expect too much!