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Tips for Improving Your Child's Speech

Tips for Improving Your Child

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 child’s speech.

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.

Do not be unnecessarily worried if your child has not yet started speaking. Following are a few tips for improving a child’s speech:

Birth to 2 years

Smiling at children and talking 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 to talk.

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 years

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 pretty?

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 faces.

4 to 6 years

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 something.

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.

Recognizing Signs of Speech Delay

Here are some signs of speech delay in children.
  • 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 old.

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 straight away.
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.

What can parents do to improve speech in children? What are the causes of speech delay in children? How to deal with speech delay in children? Discuss here.

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