How did you get your toddler to talk?

Late talker, only child,


Asked by evillilhera at 11:31 PM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Talk talk talk talk to her! I talked I read I sang. and my 3 yr old has always been a great "talker". She never had a lisp or any delays. I just always talked to her. I never used "baby talk". I mean I acted silly and what not, but for example, her name is Brenna and I never caller Benna. See what I mean. If your child is getting older and you are worried talk to your doc. some areas even have programs through the schools that will come to your house and just work with them. Is he the youngest? Sometimes the older ones talk for them, thenyou just have to stop that. Make him tell ou what he is eatingor ask for what he wnats. Even if it sounds wrong at first,he will get it. As long as your doc says there are no kind of "problems", and you are talking to him and singing and all that, he will come around. I am a teacher and have worked with delayed speakers and so on! Ask me questions anytime!

    Answer by amt27 at 11:36 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • My DS will be 2 in Aug. He says a good bit of words now, and tries to say a good bit of others. The only actual sentences he tries to say is "i want a bite", "i want a drink", or "i want out" (refering to stroller or carseat or when he wants put down). I don't baby talk with him, and never really have. I repeat and use words with him over and over until he says it and then I praise him like crazy.. once he gets praise he gets tickled and says things over and over.

    Answer by jamie8506 at 11:36 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • Read often. Sing a lot. Talk to him. Keep a constant stream of conversation going. Label everything for him - I mean point to things and announce their 'name.' Go for walks and describe what you're seeing. Young children learn to speak by being immersed in language.

    Is your child babbling or making sounds that seem to come up at a specific time? Is he trying to communicate? He could be saying more than you realize too. Pay attention to the noises he's making and see if there's a regular, repeatable connection - is "Muh" really "milk"?

    How old is your son?

    Answer by ldmrmom at 11:37 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • READ READ READ!!!!! Not only is it a great bonding experience for you and your child, but it will open their vocabulary and set them up for a good foundation in school. Singing is a great answer too. And be patient he'll talk when he's ready and then you'll never have silence again!!!! LOL

    Answer by Lisa7177 at 11:41 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • reading books to her...

    Answer by TXdanielly at 11:54 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

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  • I named her Gabby and she's been gabbing ever since! Ok ok, all joking aside, I don't just read to her, or talk to her, I ask her questions and get excited when she responds. Reinforcing the talking does wonders - so get excited! Point out things, and then ask if they can say it, and then later test their we would take Gabby to the pet store and say "Gabby - look, a fishy!" Then "Can you say fishy?" Then "Gabby, what's that?" so now when we go out, she says "Oooh, look a fishy!". Children love to imitate (we get a lot of "oh, that's cuuuute, that's cuuuuute" when we go shopping, especially for shoes) so point everything out, ask questions and get them involved in EVERYTHING. Even trying to teach the colors of the walls in the house, or the items in the kitchen is a learning experience. If all else fails, you could always try the Baby Wordsworth DVD from Baby Einstein for playtime which teaches every day words like Dog, Kitchen, Circle, etc. Good luck!!

    Answer by mommamiller0809 at 1:39 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

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  • I talk to him like I talk to my husband...or my friends. We started him on little animal books and what not. Try getting a baby animal book and teaching them the sounds the animal makes. Thats what really started his talking. He still doesn't address me as mama or mom...but he knows whats a duck says lol!

    Answer by mrsaidensmommy at 9:26 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

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