A toddler’s language development is of great importance to both parents and teachers. It is important to know how to help your toddler to learn to talk and know the basic of what we call the ABC’s.
As a parent, you are probably excited about your little one’s new-found ability to talk. You are also worried about how much he/she understands, so you start asking questions about things he/she can do, what does this mean? Why is it so? How do I do that?
Therefore, you need to know what you can do in order to help your child develop socially and linguistically.
As a parent, when your child begins to talk, you are happy, but at the same time there is a sense of concern because you want him/her to develop language at the right pace without causing any harm to him/herself.
So what should you do?
Here are 8 tips to help your toddler learn to talk.
1. Be patient
Be consistent in responding to your child’s questions and teaching him/her new words. Do not feel that you have to answer every question or teach him/her all the time.
A toddler’s mind is a fast learner and will absorb information when it wants to, so if you do not force the process, he/she will naturally begin to ask more questions when they are ready.
2. Encourage them
Encourage your child to talk about their day by asking them what they did, what they ate, etc. This way you can get a sense of what they know and don’t know.
If you want your child to learn more about certain things, do not ask too many questions or overwhelm them with too much information at once.
Give them a chance to think about the things that are being taught in their own way and let them work on them at their own pace so that they can absorb all the information and practice it properly without making mistakes or forgetting everything which has been taught so far.
3. Teach them new words every day
Teach him/her new words every day so that he/she will be able to use them properly. You can teach them simple sentences such as: “I like cheese,” “It’s hot,” “Let’s go to the park,” etc.
As he/she gets older, teach him/her more complex sentences. This will help him/her to develop language skills more quickly.
4. Watch what they are watching on TV or movies
Teach your child what they are watching on TV or movies so that he/she can remember it better, and it will also help them learn new words, because the words that are used in the film are similar to those used in real life.
5. Sing to them
Sing simple songs to your child or make up simple rhymes about things they do or say. It will help him/her understand the meaning of what you are saying and make them feel good when they hear it.
6. Play games with them
Playing games helps them learn language better because it is fun for them and teaches them new words at the same time. You can play a game where you ask your child a question and he/she has to respond by saying a word.
7. Talk to them about things they are interested in
Talk to your child about things that he/she is interested in so that he/she will want to learn more about it.
For example, if your child likes cars, talk to him/her about different types of cars and what they are used for. If your child likes animals, ask him/her about different types of animals and their characteristics.
8. Practice with them
Practice speaking with them so that they will feel more comfortable talking to you when it is time for them to speak. Also, practice by using different sentences in front of them so that they can watch you use new words correctly and will be able to learn from you.
It is important to make sure that your toddler understands the difference between making mistakes or forgetting everything which has been taught so far.
This way he/she will not feel confused when he/she starts learning new things in school or at home because there is a chance that he/she may not understand certain things that are being taught because of the language barrier.
This is also one reason why it is important for parents to work on their vocabulary at home as well as with their friends and teachers, since they will be exposed to more new words and, this way, they will be able to absorb and learn them faster.
Is Your Child Just Shy Or Is It Selective Mutism?
Selective mutism is a speech disorder that affects children who are anxious about speaking in public. In most cases, the child is unable to speak in the presence of strangers, parents or other people who are not part of their daily lives.
Although there are no specific causes for selective mutism, it is believed that many factors may contribute to the development of this disorder. Some of these factors include the following:
– Anxiousness about speaking in public
– Developmental or learning disabilities
– Abuse or trauma during childhood or adolescence
– Low self-esteem and shyness in social situations
Selective mutism and shyness are different from each other. Selective mutism is the inability to speak in the presence of strangers.
This is an anxiety disorder that develops in children who have other conditions, such as an anxiety disorder or learning disabilities.
Shyness is the general reluctance to speak in public. This does not mean that children who are shy do not like to speak. Shyness usually develops when a child reaches school age and he/she finds it difficult to make friends with other children.
Selective mutism can be difficult to recognize because it affects only some children, and sometimes the symptoms are mild.
It is not uncommon for parents to attribute their child’s shyness to other problems, such as school difficulties or other developmental disorders, without realizing that selective mutism could be present.
If your child has difficulty talking in public situations (e.g., at school), it is important for you and your doctor to work together to figure out whether selective mutism is present. Below are some of the most common signs of selective mutism:
– Severe or unusual shyness
– Severe or unusual anxiety about speaking in public
– Unusual or intense fear of being watched or heard by others
– Tiredness and fatigue after speaking in public situations
– Agitation, irritability, and a high need for reassurance after speaking in public situations
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