TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR TODDLER TALK
As you may have seen on my Instagram, we have been looking for tips to help Knox talk. After having had such an amazing response and receiving so much helpful information from my followers, I thought it would be a great idea to share all of their tips for helping your toddler talk over on my blog. So, if you, like us, are desperate to hear your toddler utter more than No! Enjoy!
In no particular order...
1. Nursery Rhymes with Actions - (we love to do this in front of the mirror, and Knox is thoroughly enjoying it).
2. Limit TV Time - I think this one is pretty obvious, but it is also a blessing at times of need. We have changed up our TV for some slightly more educational programs - Number Zoo on YouTube is a personal fave, as it shows cartoons and video footage of the actual animals.
3. Ditch the DumDum - This is something we knew was having an impact, but in times of need we still allow it. Generally he is eating more and chatting more since not having it.
4. Focus on one thing at a time - for example, colours OR numbers. We're focusing on numbers and can now count to three!
5. Lots of repetition and focus on pronunciation - a helpful tip was also to praise an attempt from Knox followed by the correct sounds. So, Knox often says Hor for Horse, so we say yes Knox Horse, well done.
6. Praise - focus on the positives not negatives, so you're encouraging them to try - Knox is very shy and often hides his face when saying the words, but seems to find more confidence in one-to-one situations.
7. Hide your Childs favourite toys so they have to ask for them. For example put all of their cars in a bag and ask them to ask you for the car whilst holding said toys by your mouth, so they can focus on the facial/mouth movements.
8. Play and connect with your child - they say Children learn the most from pretend play.
9. Hesitate - I'm definitely known for jumping in and answering his questions for him, so am trying to wait patiently for him to answer himself.
10. Talk to them about everything - I'm just making the bed, or emptying the dishwasher, then throw in some questions. Would you like to feed the ducks later?
11. Don't just read stories in a book, look at the pages, talk about whats going on and whats on the page.
12. Reinforce simple instructions - can you pass me your shoes.. this would be great if we actually put our shoes in a particular place (we are so messy!).
13. Give them a choice of two things - would you like milk or juice, when they point to the option repeat what it is.
Thirteen (the number of tips) may be an unlucky number, but I'm hoping that by sticking to the advice shared by my followers and experts in children, we have some luck in talking. I'm told, once they start they never stop.
Good luck to everyone else in our shoes! We know how disheartening it can be watching your baby struggle and fall behind.