The more you talk to your child, you will give them more opportunities to learn to speak . But remember that every child develops this ability at their own pace.
How I can help my child to learn to speak?
The more you have fun learning new words, most likely continue using them. There are many ways to help your child learn how to speak:
- Talk as much and as often as you can. Look at him intently interested and show yourself when you answer.
- Concentrate on what he/she is tying to tell you, not whether the words are being pronounce words clearly. Make him/her feel safe when speaking with you.
- When they say something right, I reinforce it. For example, you can say, “yes, it is a spoon”.
- Show him/her what you mean, explaining what you do. For example, you can say, “Now lets take off our shoes”, when you take off your shoes, and “now your socks”, when you take off your socks.
- Give them many opportunities to speak during the day. If you ask something, pause to give him/her time to respond.
- Show him/her new situations and introduce new words. Take him/her for a walk, say the things you see and say their names.
- Repeat what they are trying to say, although not clearly say so, and lengthen the sentence. If he/she says “nano” when you want a banana, you can answer “yes, here’s a banana.
- Simplify your speech. Use short sentences and emphasize the key words when you talk to your child. That will help you focus on important information.
- Eliminate unnecessary background noises such as TV or radio. This will help lend more attention. Kids may be more difficult than adults to filter out background noise.
How I can make learning fun?
It is easy to motivate a child to do something when you enjoy it. If you make the speech learning a fun activity, your child will want to learn more words to express themselves better.
- Have fun pretending that his favorite teddy or doll is real. Include this toy in all their daily activities. Seat the toy at the table to eat and put a bib. Talk about what you are doing with the doll while doing so.
- Read often with your child. Even if you do not read the story, you will learn much vocabulary as you talk to the drawings.
- Have fun with nursery rhymes , especially those including actions that your child can do, such as ” Palmas, palmitas “. The more you sing, the more likely they are to learn the lyrics.
- Test games based on careful listening. For example, moos and ask him to choose the correct animal out of its box of plastic animals. When he/she does say “yes, it’s a cow”.
- If weather is nice, go to a park. Lie Down on a blanket and ask him/her to close their eyes and listen carefully. After a minute, ask him/her to tell you what sounds they heard. This will help them to speak about wind, birds, or the barking of a dog.