At times we come across parents who are quite
obsessed with the milestones that are attained by our children. As they wait
eagerly for the next bog milestone, they seem to get some rude shocks when the
expected moment of celebration gets delayed. The first word uttered calls for a
memorable event, but there can be some unfortunate conditions that delay the
speech development in the child. It is not that the child is not at all taking,
but the fact is that his talking does not make much sense or is extremely
First it is important to understand that every
child develops at his own pace and they must never be rushed into something
that they are not prepared for. Parents must make it a point to always
encourage natural development at a pace that the child is comfortable in. at
times some children can be found to do good with a little bit of aid and the speech
development journey becomes a smooth ride.
Easy Ways to
Propel a Delayed Speech Development:
Have a quick look at the ways to propel a delayed
Read out a lot to your child. This is a very basic
way of treatment and the results can be pretty amazing. Extensive reading
to a child affected by delayed speech will show that the child is making
remarkable progress in his attempt to speak. Always be expressive while you
read; the child is keen observer and a great imitator. As you read out, make it
an interactive session. This will make the child to participate in the talk and
he will automatically feel inclined to speak out his thoughts. As you ask
questions be friendly and encourage him to respond. He will not only enjoy it
but improve as well.
Sing to Your
This follows from the first point but is different
as the natural rhythm of the songs catches the attention of children
very fast. They feel naturally inclined to listen and participate which you
must encourage. Involve them as you sing a song repeatedly and after a while
sing by leaving a few blanks as you ask them to fill them up. This will be an
enjoyable game for the child and aid his memory power too.
Repetition is a great way to improve a child’s delayed
speech. The child clearly understands what you are saying and is prone to
respond actively. It also works when there is an over-exaggeration on certain
words. You need to do this intentionally as it will help them catch and repeat
the sounds that might be a bit difficult for them.
Start by labeling words with pictures.
Maybe the child’s initial attempts in speaking about objects are very unclear.
As you label the everyday objects that he uses, tell him to speak them out when
he wants a certain object. The recognition faculty of the children is very
fast. Speak slowly and as you post pictures like candies, cakes or toys, you
will find him talking readily.
These are actually exercises that aid
the development of the muscles around the mouth. Most of the times when
children suffer from speech delays are found to have mouth muscles that are not
enough developed to let out words starting with certain letters. So play with
your child and buy him toys that require him to blow bubbles, whistle or the
So no point in getting alarmed, but just be a keen
observer so that each abnormality is diagnosed early and you will soon find the
child to regale in engaging conversations with every member of the family.