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Mar 24

Toddler Talking Tips

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 12:19 PM by Christina Stuck

Today, I'd like to share with you some tidbits about talking with toddlers and how toddlers develop their talking skills. Toddlers have spent a good time listening to a lot of words; now they are wanting to try them out. Help them with these few reminders:

  1. Practice holding a conversation with your toddler: start to talk about something and wait for him to respond. This not only shows him how to converse, but it shows that you care for what he says.
  2. Likewise, remember that toddlers lag between hearing and responding. Do not expect them to say something immediately back.
  3. Keep describing what is going on around you, especially in new environments. That is how your toddler will learn specialized words (if you don't have a book handy!). For example, if you are at the aquarium, make sure to point out the words on the little plates by the displays.
  4.  Toddlers speak in two or three word phrases and will begin to use plurals and pronouns.
  5. They can follow simple directions, so make sure to do a lot of action rhymes together.
  6. Toddlers use the words they hear a lot. For example, toddlers say "no" frequently. Ha-ha, is it a wonder why?