Do you feel that your child is speaking very
slowly or is he or she not speaking at all? Here are a few tips for improving a
Every mother and father eagerly
waits for the day when his or her newborn will say the magic words – Ma or Pa.
As your child grows slowly, it is natural for you as well as people around to
wonder if he or she has started talking. We all know that speaking is important
and the earlier it happens, the happier parents become.
not be unnecessarily worried if your child has not yet started speaking.
Following are a few tips for improving a child’s
Birth to 2
Smiling at children and
to them when they are near can encourage them to start speaking earlier. Just
make them happy by talking to them even though they may not understand. Infants
often lip read your movements hence keep your face near them and engage in communication
with them. As your infant watches you, he or she will slowly begin to learn how
Sing songs to your child. You can do this even
before giving birth. Many a times, people often crowd around child so they do
not get a chance to be alone. Provide free time to your child and let them
babble endlessly. Play games like peek-a-boo and imitate the sounds which your
child makes daily.
2 to 4
Encourage your baby’s
speech development. When he or she says the word – ‘dress’ – you can add on to
her words by saying –‘You like that dress? Isn’t it
Similarly, encourage further talking and speech
development by modelling good speech and talking clearly to them. Help your
child learn new words and add on to their vocabulary. Show them their hands and
say the words, “Hands”. Help them to learn the names of the body parts.
Similarly, teach them nursery rhymes and songs. Point out to animals, birds and
various objects in the surroundings and help them to spell it out or say the
words. Cut out pictures and show them familiar
4 to 6
At this age, they would
have started talking. In the earlier stages, they would only have spoken a few
words however by now they might have learnt a lot. Wait for them to respond
when you speak to them. Give them a chance to say
Go for movies together and watch shows together.
Have conversations with kids as they grow older. Pay attention to what they say
and build a healthy rapport. Correct your kids when they say something wrong.
Hold the mirror and teach kids to form words looking at the mirror. Read books
with them and introduce new words everyday.
Sometimes you are trying your best to make your
infant or child talk, however they are not able to understand and respond with
a blank face.
They have difficulty making sounds
or understanding instructions.
They only mimic you without
speaking on their own.
They say things which you can
hardly understand even though they are already two or three years
Reasons for Speech Delay
and What You Can Do
Visiting a speech specialist is
the ideal solution for kids who are unable to speak even after a long time. It
is best to follow a specialized speech therapy plan when there is a delay. If
it is a problem that needs medical attention, you will be referred to a doctor
It could be a sign of oral-motor problem. Kids who
are unable to talk will most probably be unable to hear also hence the
specialist has to check if they are hearing
impaired as well.
Sometimes it could be due to reasons like
a mild ear infection or in other cases the problem could be more serious.
Whatever it is do not lose hope and keep communicating with your infant or
child. Show them gestures and make signs or hand-movements. Improve their
language development and opt for speech
therapy if needed. Play a lot with them and keep asking questions. Do
not depend too much on technology and try to reduce your kid’s time in front of
TV or computer. Research shows that young ones who spend too much time with
mobiles or I-pads are likely to have delayed
language, speech or communication problems.
can parents do to improve speech in children? What are the causes of speech
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