Hearing your child’s first words is an exciting and often much anticipated experience. By one year old, children are typically beginning to a name a range of familiar objects and by 2 years may be starting to join words together into simple phrases e.g. ‘bye daddy’ or ‘more milk’.
Spoken language includes a range of different elements:
- Ability to join words together
- Sequencing of ideas
A child with difficulties with spoken language may:
- Not use many spoken words
- Not join words together
- Miss words from sentences
- Not use words in the correct order
- Use incorrect word endings e.g. verb tenses and plurals
- Use the wrong words for things
Ideas to support early language development:
- Comment on what your child is doing as they are doing it (“cuddle teddy”, “drink milk” etc.) using simple language that will be simple for them to copy
- Model and extend language – if your child uses one word, repeat it back to them and add an extra word e.g. child: car. Adult: daddy’s car etc.
- Offer choices to your child – say the words ‘milk or juice’, ‘car or ball’ etc to encourage the child to make a choice. If your child points rather than use the word, model the word for them to hear again ‘ooh you want the milk!’
Activities to encourage early language development:
- Play games which are repetitive and allow opportunity to repeat a word several times e.g. when playing with bubbles – more bubbles, pop bubbles, lots of bubbles, big bubble etc.
- Sing familiar nursery rhymes and miss out a word, your child may join in to say it e.g. ‘twinkle, twinkle little…’
- To encourage use of action words, play with a favourite toy/teddy and carry out different actions e.g. teddy jump, teddy sleep.
If you are concerned about your child’s talking please contact me for a free telephone consultation to discuss your concerns.