Tips for speech development in toddlers

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All your friends were so excited that their children had finally uttered that magical first word, ‘MOM’. Amidst those pangs of longing to be acknowledged as a parent by your child, you often used to shrug away the issue by saying that not all children start uttering gibberish as soon as they are born anyways! But eventually the realisation that something serious might be the problem dawned upon you when you saw that every kid in your child’s age group in the playschool has already started forming complete sentences while your child was still stuck struggling with his first words. Coming to terms with speech delays in babies is never easy for a parent but once you do recognise the communication disorder, trying to come up with ways, which can rectify it become a lot easier. Here we are going to give you some tips on how to overcome speech delays in babies so that you shed all your worries and be a proud Mumma already!
  • Reduce the TV viewing time
 The rumour that the background noise from the television set enhances the speech and language development in babies is completely ill founded. Rather the noise and the bombardment of unknown words tend to confuse children while they are still trying to understand the meaning of the simpler ones.
  • Play with your child
 Studies have proven that activities that involve parents helping their kids to solve jigsaw puzzles or to arrange toy car matches can help in overcoming their speech delays. Remember to use simple words such as ‘Fast Car’ or ‘Red Ball’ so that playing can also be a learning experience.
  • Teaching them Sign language
 Speech delays in children are aggravated when they get frustrated with their failed attempts at excelling linguistically. Remove that stress by teaching them how to convey simple emotions through sign language and that major speech breakthrough might be just around the corner.
  • The Straw and Cotton Ball method
 Encourage your child to use a straw to blow on the cotton balls in order to make them move. This experimental technique is said to stimulate the oral motor muscles required for speaking and can be an effective at home speech therapy.
  • Take aid from Flash Cards
 Children require not just auditory and visual signals to learn something but they also need tactile stimuli. The touch and feel flash cards come in handy during such circumstances as they make it easier for your child to repeat the name of the objects after hearing it from you.
  • Save the day with refrigerator magnets
 Is there any child who doesn’t like quirky and colourful refrigerator magnets? By providing them with refrigerator magnets resembling their favourite foods, you empower them to ask you whenever they want to have something to eat. When they realise that they are capable to communicating such small things, words would flow naturally in due time.
  • Praise their efforts without fail
Even if they are not progressing at the pace you would like them to, praising and appreciating even the smallest of developments can go a long way in increasing their feeling of confidence and self worth which in turn provides them with the stimuli to speak freely without any fear.
  • Communication        
            Moms should converse with their child, right from day one. We usually avoid talking to them assuming they are too little to understand. This is not true as babies tend to observe facial expressions and lip movements. Parents who talk a lot to their kids develop speech much earlier as compared to other kids. However, if your kid doesn’t seem to be responding to any such treatments at home, you must put on your brave front and try to get help from a professional who is adept at providing speech therapy to children who suffer from communication disorders. 

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