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Simplicity is Key in Helping Your Toddler Talk

August 26th, 2008

When a child is learning to talk, simplicity is key.  When you are talking to them, talk to them as if you were talking to someone who is new to learning Engish. 

Here are some tips:

  • make eye contact
  • speak clearly
  • speak in short phrases
  • limit the use of blends 

Make eye contact - When you have your child's attention, (s)he will not only hear the sounds or words you are sa ...

Toddler Speech Activity - Use the Sign "Want" During Play

August 22nd, 2008

We know when our children want things. Children make it very clear when they want something. Even if they cannot talk, they will find a way to make their wants known.  Unfortunately it is often shown by grabbing, pointing, or grunting. It is important that you do not let your toddler "get away" with grunting or pointing. Grunting or pointing may be a starting place, but you can use basic sign ...

Introduce the Sign "Please" to Improve Your Toddler's Speech

August 22nd, 2008

"Please" is a great sign to use when your child is beginning to use two-word phrases. Typically, a child begins two-word phrases at 2 years of age.  So, if your child is consistently speaking or signing one word, you can begin introducing two-word phrases or puting two signs together.  For example, if you child signs ball, you can encourage them to sign, "ball please."

Watch the Video Below ...

Use the Sign "More" to Help Your Toddler Talk

August 22nd, 2008

More...What child does not want more of something; whether it's more juice, more milk, or wanting to "do it again." We know children want more, but how are they communicating that desire.  When a child is a late talker, it is very common to see crying, screaming, or tantrums when s(he) is wanting more.  A more positive alternative, is to introduce basic sign language.  Remember at first you n ...

Learn Sign Language for "Ball"

August 22nd, 2008

Ball... it's a toy that every child wants or plays with. "Ball" is a good first sign to introduce.  It is easy for little hands to sign and is definitely a toy children are familiar with.  Watch the video below to learn how to sign the word "ball". Use basic sign language every day to improve your toddler's speech.

Watch the Video Below to Learn the Sign for "ball" 

Encourage Speech Development with a Sound Box

August 18th, 2008

Each week I have asked you to use what is called a sound box. A sound box is a small box or bag filled with toys or objects that all begin with the same letter. If you don't have an item you can also cut out pictures from a magazine and add them to the sound box. When you create your sound box,  try to include 7-10 items that start with the sound you are focusing on. Your box can be simple ( ...

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