There’s nothing like the thrill of hearing your child speak their first word. But what happens if it doesn’t come? Or when it does come, the rest of the speech is incomprehensible? Do you get worried? Or is it normal? Speech Language Therapist Nedra Saunders breaks it all down for us.
Do you have any tips in getting kids to start to talk?
Just remember, once they start you may never get them to stop! Seriously, kids learn what they experience so the best thing you can do to encourage your child to talk is to provide him with a language rich environment. In other words talk to him, from the get-go talk, talk, talk. Talk about what you are doing, for example, “mommy is changing your diaper and oh look your diaper has Winnie the Poo and Tigger too on the back,” and on and on through the whole diaper changing process. This is “self-talk” and the more you do it the better. You also want to do “parallel talk” where you verbalize [Read more…] about Speech and your Kids: Getting them to Talk and Recognizing a Problem