how do you get a 29 month old child to talk correctly

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Natalie - posted on 04/03/2010

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HI, I agree with Tammy. Out of my 5 boys, they all talked at different times some better than the others. I never used the baby talk either, and shame on Elmo and some of the others who do. One of my boys still had a small problem with pronouncing certain words, making the "th" sound for f's and s's. Speech therapy in elementary took care of that.
I don't know how your child is talking at this point, but a more severe case I knew of was a 4 or 5 year old who couldn't talk well at all, he was taken to the doctor and his hearing tested, they found he had partial hearing lose. Once that was taken care of (a small hearing aid) he started talking normally very fast.

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LISA - posted on 04/04/2011

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Hello Stella,
just keeping talking to your child, conversate as if, ask questions and you will realize in know time your baby will be talking your head off... Good Luck!!!

Kathy - posted on 03/21/2011

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Enough with the child will talk when he is ready. I have a 4yo son with apraxia and everybody kept telling me the same thing. Call your doctor and arrange to have their hearing checked and then have them evalutated by a speech pathologist. If you cannot afford every county in the US has an early intervention program for kids. The problem is that if he is identified now they will hand you over to your school district and they won't provide services until he's 3.

Adelle - posted on 03/16/2011

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My husband and I would just correct them when they said some thing wrong. We also didn't use much baby talk when they where young. By the time they were 2yrs old they were speaking very well !! I never had a problem finding babysitters because they were so easy to watch, there wasn't the frustration of not being able to communicate with them. Practice makes perfect. They are now 7yrs and 11yrs old with a very wide vocabulary.

Kellean - posted on 04/08/2010

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Children will talk when they are ready. Some are early and some are a little later. My daughter talked when she was ten months old. One of my sons talked or babbled a lot and then when he was three years old then one day he spoke in full sentences. My youngest spoke when he was two and a half. My children are older and extremely smart. So not to worry every age is different.
The best way to help them along is reading to them every day, morning, noon and night. There is never too much reading. I always had the kids watch sing a long videos. They would either sing or dance to the music which is good. They are using other motor skills which will help them talk. Also, talk to them, not baby talk just normal talk. Talk all the time, your child understands and will answer in due time. Every baby is different. Always be encouraging and when they talk correctly praise them.
I can't stress this enough read to your baby! While you read ask questions like where are the flowers, the car etc. Then give the answer, there are the flowers there is the car. Have your baby associate words with pictures. Hang in there it will get better. Then one day your child is carrying on and talking correctly and all will be well.
If in the end you are still concerned or there are other signs of something wrong. You will always get the best advice from your Pediatrician or your Family Doctor. They can reassure you in ways we can't in that your doctor knows your baby better than we do!
I wish you the best!

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My son had speech therapy until he was 6...it has been awesome. It seems like it takes forever...but it works

Angela - posted on 04/06/2010

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talk very slow to the child give them enough time to answer and use as little words as possible

Cathy - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have 2 grandsons that live with me, One will be 3 in Julyand the other was 1 in November. The one thing I have learned, that is most consistent with them, is that everyday we will have a New surprise! LOL. Its like one day they are babbling and the next day they r talking but not real plain and then the next its like they can suddenly say everything. The oldest is just now starting to really Try to say words the right way. Like adding that very pronounced K at the end of black and and the D at the end of word and that sort of thing. My advice is to always talk correctly when talking to them and correct them sweetly when they say words wrong. You will be surprised one day when it seems the child suddenly knows exactly how to say those thing you thought he/she couldnt say. Sometimes I think its just easier for them to say things their way even when they show you they do KNOW the right way too.
Ok, I babbled enough. haha.

Janey - posted on 04/05/2010

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Have their ears checked,alot of times that solves the problem.
After my grandson had tubes put in he talked alot clearer.

Karen - posted on 04/05/2010

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A 29 month old child is 2 1/3 years old - so, may I ask if your child is a boy or a girl? Girls are usually much more verbal and language comes so much easier to them. Boys are a little slower. Don't ever use baby talk, and, as much as possible, read to them. They will catch on and start using language correctly. Reading to your child can also be the beginning of a life long love of books that will benefit them in school and beyond.

Julia - posted on 04/04/2010

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Don't talk baby talk to your child, when they say something incorrectly- repeat it back correctly in a question. If he says he wants cwayons, you say You would like your crayons? Don't make a huge deal out of it when they make a mistake but when they get it right act like they just won the game all by themselves. Reinforce the good and downplay the bad. All kids want attention. Attention for the good stuff will not only reinforce good language, but also a desire for good attention for everything else. I have five children and my mom thought I was nuts when I was sounding out microwave to my 6 month old when I was heating her cereal. My idea was that just because their incapable of saying it does't mean they can't learn it. Look at Helen Keller. Half the battle is exposing them to the language, don't be afraid of big words. My kids all had college level vocabularies in grade school, My youngest daughter could read the newspaper at 4 years old. Another huge deal is reading to them. Let them know that you love books. You can go anywhere and be anybody with a good book. And don't be afraid to do silly voices for the characters. Have a good time with it. If your child can read they can go on to do anything they want.

GAYLE - posted on 04/03/2010

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I recommend that you read with your child as much as you can and also use flash cards and get your child to say what the card is after you. Make it fun and every time they get it right, give LOTS of praise. I agree with the other mums and also that you must encourage your child at every point to say what they want. Please don't judge your child against other children of the same age as all kids are different. Just remember we spend around 2-3 years of our kids life teaching them to walk & talk then, for the rest of the time, we are telling them to "shut up & sit down" as such. Seriously, I wouldn't worry until my child was around 4, then I would seek medical advice to see if your child has any problem. Have you had your childs hearing checked or not as this can lead to speech problems. Use your instincts but don't make a fuss. This will only make your child worry if they are under pressure. Good Luck.

Glenna - posted on 04/03/2010

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Speak normally and clearly and often, ask child to repeat



Read, read, read and more reading



All children develop differently

Sherry - posted on 04/03/2010

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1) say a word you want your child to say correct. 2) then hold the palm of thier hand to your mouth and say the word again. 3) hold the palm of thier hand to thier mouth and repeat the word. do this over and over and soon you will wish you had not done that.lol

Donna - posted on 04/03/2010

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Let's keep this simple -
My child was a late talker, but the more we read to him and helped him with words (we used "show me what you mean"), he has developed into talking - non stop! He does, on occassion, have trouble with some "sounds", but we still use "show me", we help him sound it out.

Good luck, as every child is different in their learning process. You just help pave the way!

Anita - posted on 04/03/2010

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it helps a lot to read and talk to kids in a normal tone, cause any childish talk though they are so adorable that we as adults tend to babble with them which actually sends a wrong message across. Remember also that some kids how ever small love to take it the easy way ......
My daughter did not speak correctly till she was 24 months and that got me worried for sometime i thought she was tongue tied etc i took her to the doctor and he only asked me one thing are you giving her what she wants when she points at it ...i said yes and he said stop that cause you are not encouraging her to talk you are giving in to her her let her make the effort and your problem will be solved. well thats what i did never give her till she asked and now she talks and talks
so remember no short cuts and i am sure you will have solved your problem

Tammy - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son babbled forever it seemed! I remember seeing a 2 year old in a restaurnt and he was talking like a grown up and I was amazed that he was just 2. His mom told us he was almost 3 so I felt a little better but wondered what was wrong with my son. Well, within about 3 or 4 months he starting talking pretty clearly and hasn't shut up since! LOL

I would suggest that you talk to your child every chance you get and speak to him/her in a normal voice just as you would to another adult. Read, read, read every chance to get to them too. Try and get others not to "baby talk" to your child too. Hang in there, they all progress at their own pace - I think it's just to worry us mamas ;>)

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