How to encourage my 18 mths old to speak?


Elfrieda - posted on 01/19/2012




If you're having trouble communicating with him, try teaching him some sign language. It really helps, since you can't really hurry a child's language development.

They say nursery rhymes help with learning the rhythm of language.

Amy - posted on 01/19/2012




There isn't a whole lot you can do to make them talk. Be sure to read to your little one, don't use baby talk when you speak, overly exaggerate pronunciations of words. Your little one is only 18 months so you shouldn't push it too much.

If your child is showing frustrations you can teach them some signs for things they commonly want. My daughter is 22 months and only has a couple of words. We've taught her to sign words like please, thank you, eat, water, juice, milk, and she's able to answer our yes or no questions. We had birth to 3 come do an assessment on her and they said she's above average for language because she understands everything. If your child does not understand, and doesn't respond to their name then there may be other things going on like a hearing issue. You cam always contact birth to 3 if you are in the states and they will do the assessment for free but like I said earlier your child is still pretty young.


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Kristel - posted on 01/26/2012




Thank you Amy and Elfrieda, for your thoughts.... we've been singing more to him and he is at the moment loving the alphabet songs and only wanting to read one book.... So hopefully this will help in the next few weeks.... He understands what we tell him and does what we ask him to do .....(always with a cheeky smile..... ) Angus, his older brother is also trying to make him speak.... Crossing fingers so hoping all of that will work.....

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