my 19 month old little girl isn't talking, how can i help her with her words?

Stacie - posted on 08/02/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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when I ask her if she wants something she'll say yes or shake her head for no but she wont even try and repeat words, she'll just point n make noises. what can I do to help her?

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Do not give her what she wants until she says the word for the object. Use a reward system and every time she says what you want her to say praise her and give her a reward. You do have to find out what her currency is. She is only 19 months old so it might be a little hard. My little girl is 3 so it is a little easier with the reward system. Just make it a REALLY big deal when she says whatever it is that you are wanting her to say. Jump up and down or do a little happy dance, clapping and singing to her. Make it seem like she has just one an Olympic medal! lol. She will start talking with a lot of positive reinforcement.

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Ev - posted on 08/02/2013

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At this age most kids know some words but you can not expect them to be talking in full sentences like an adult. What you need to do is work with her when she points at something say "You want the ****" and then get her to try to say that. Also talk to her in regular speech and not baby talk. Read to her a lot. When you go to the store for example hold the items you get so she can see them and tell her what they are. It is a repeating process. THe reward system is alright, but should not be used all the time especially when she is in real need for something she does not have the ability to call it by name. Spend a lot of one on one time with her as well. She will come to learn to make sentences and use other words over time. Its a learning process and not one you can control; it is dependent on the child and their development as well.

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