encouraging my 18 month old to talk?

Jenna - posted on 10/11/2008 ( 27 moms have responded )

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please help me with technics on getting her to talk.

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Sheryl - posted on 10/27/2008

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Jenna...I hope this is how I respond to your question about your daughter talking. I am the mother of three. My kids are older now, so I can start by telling you not to be worried. I am a former teacher and developmental therapist for children with developmental/speech delays. Let's just say I have worked with lots of kids. First things first, speak to her constiently and give her time to respond. Read to her and ask her questions about what you are reading. As you are reading repeat, repeat, repeat! Point to the ball and say ball,ball, ball. Read the same stories over and over. You can teach her signs...if you have no reason to believe there is a hearing problem, which you said she understands you, you can make up your own signs. Focus on a word or two a week. Start with words important to her, usually food. If you want official signs...Discovery Toys sells a good little set of board books that come with a reference chart. Surround her in language. I would suggest things like reading books about a cookies, doing puzzles with a cookies, signing and speaking the word cookie, baking cookies, etc... Last but definetly not least, DO NOT allow her to get what she wants by grunting, crying, pointing, etc... There is no reason for her to speak, especially if she tends to be a quiet kid, if she is getting all she needs through other methods. Trust me though all three of my kids spoke at different rates. All three are intelligent kids who have no problems communicating their needs now. They are now 10, 8, 5 and they have no problems conveying their wants and needs! Best wishes to you and your daughter!

Chastity - posted on 10/27/2008

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read! read! read! start w/picture books. i also try to be descriptive w/my kids, like.... do you want a yellow banana or can you please bring me that green ball, i don't know something like that(helps w/learning colors, works w/numbers too)

Putri - posted on 10/27/2008

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hi jenna, my name is putri. i have a 25 month son who is still not talking clearly. at the moment the only words that he could pronounce right is mama, papa, poop (sorry) and mimi (indonesian baby word for drink). sometime i also worried if he has speech problem, but i also believe as long as he could understand and respond to us, and not having hearing problem, it'll all happen in his/her own good time. we have to be positive and believe in our child (for who else will?) and of course, keep trying by building conversation around him/her, repeating words, always make him/her try to pronounce and giving positive respond for the result to encourage them. hope this could help :)

Samantha - posted on 10/12/2008

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Hi Jenna!! I 'd like to tell u some of the things that helped my Baby. She started to talk when she was only 5 months!!! The first thing u need to know is that u need to dedicate a lot of time on this.

Try with books, pictures of animals are a funny way to start. At the benning they just stay and do nothing but after a few weeks (yes , its not easy) they start to make the same sounds of the animals, the shapes with their hands, every information that u give about them makes it more interesting of course. After they learned some animals u add more pictures about family, home stuff, toys and pets. This is a great way to make them associate tha words with their real meanings.

Last thing that I can tell u about is that u can help her with simple words which define hard things to say (short words for longer words). In this way, u can make ur conversation more easy for both of u and u will be able to explain all those things that u need.

Blessings to u and all ur family.



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Anna - posted on 06/26/2013

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Same here Kelly. My 21 month old daughter mostly just babbles but does seem to understand wen we tell her something. She mostly just says 'Mickey, doggie, and dada. She has been seeing a couple of speech therapist for a couple of months now it has helped a lot. She loves the games and toys that they bring and is very active with them. The problem that I have is that my husband and I don't live near any family members or friends with children her age. We only have one car and don't live near any transportation systems so it's hard to join a playgroup or anything. The good news is that I am registered at my local Birth to Three Program and it has helped a lot because they actually come to your home which is great. I would look into seeing of there is a local Birth to Three Program where you live. It has been helping a good bit because they will give you strategies and tips on how to help your child.

Kelly - posted on 10/05/2012

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My 18 month old Son isn't talking either, he makes a few sounds and tries to say cookie, but it doesn't all come out, I talk a lot, he mimics me on the phone but its babble and screaming. He'll give little ah when he wants somethings, he does say mama and daddy but never to get my attention, i swear i hear him say things but never more than once. I'm told to just wait it'll happen, and if not i'll try speech therapy. I want him to be able to communicate. He knows everything, watches listens, but never really talks. I am a stay at home mom and he has no other siblings, so i'm just patiently waiting...

Tricia - posted on 10/28/2008

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I'm a pediatric speech therapist as well as the mom of 2. First, if she has a history of ear infections get her hearing checked. Second, use sign language and gestures. Kids have the desire to communicate long before they can form a word. Get a book or look online and start with the signs "more, all done and help." Pair it with the word, do hand over hand with her and do it over and over and over again. Sign language will NOT keep her from talking and once she realizes the power of communciation she won't want to stop. Third, keep your speech to her simple. Lot's of naming of objects with just word and label it over and over and over again. I'm sure she understands more complex language but try to keep it simple and easier for her to learn. Fourth, try not to worry. She will start and when she does there will likely be no stopping her. Lastly, if by the age of 2 she's not saying at least 15 words with meaning ask her doctor for a speech evaluation. Your local school district should do this for free or look in the yellow pages for pediatric speech therapy.

Tammy - posted on 10/28/2008

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give her a chance to respond to alot of questions thru books like come next or whats that, what sound does that make. when your out ask her what sound does that make, singing nursery ryhm are goodi had a friend whos daughter wouldnt talk until well after 2 but you cant shut her up now hope i have helped

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2008

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From my experience I have found that talking constantly to your little one is the way to go. You talk about what you are doing - I am putting away the dishes, this is a fork, etc. We also used sign language as a tool. Ever since my son was born he was interested in communicating. So as I talked I would use the simple signs suggested by the signing for babies books that are out there. His first few signs were Tree; Squirrel; Milk and More. Edison will be 3 next month and his vocabulary is astounding - and his comprehension during conversations is amazing. The use of sign language really took a lot of frustration away during our communication.
Good luck with your little one.

Angela - posted on 10/21/2008

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Don't worry if they aren't talking at 18 months...My first born didn't start talking until he was about 26 months....I chalk this up to his personality....He likes to do things right and not make mistakes, he understood everything but if he felt he could not pronounce the word or phrase he just simply wouldn't...He is now 4 and talks very clear and has a terrific vocabulary....Don't worry it will come soon enough....

Lisa - posted on 10/20/2008

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My daughter started saying 'Hockey!! Hockey!!' when she was 10 months old. I walked everywhere with her. While she was in her stroller, I would talk away to her. I would ask her questions like, 'Are you a pretty girl?' and I would answer myself, 'yup.' I had a little radio on the stroller that played music all the time. She loves music. I sang to her before every nap and before every bedtime. All the nursery rhyms I could think of. Eventually, when I would ask her a question, she started answering them with the answers I had given her. Any time she tried to pronounce a word, I would slowly sound it out for her. She would copy me. All this talking to her, singing to her and slowly sounded out words, had her talking in full sentences by a year and a half old. She is four years old now, and can talk better than most seven year olds that I have met. At the age of three she was talking better than an eight year old child that we met. Patience is the best thing.

Lisa - posted on 10/20/2008

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My daughter started saying 'Hockey!! Hockey!!' when she was 10 months old. I walked everywhere with her. While she was in her stroller, I would talk away to her. I would ask her questions like, 'Are you a pretty girl?' and I would answer myself, 'yup.' I had a little radio on the stroller that played music all the time. She loves music. I sang to her before every nap and before every bedtime. All the nursery rhyms I could think of. Eventually, when I would ask her a question, she started answering them with the answers I had given her. Any time she tried to pronounce a word, I would slowly sound it out for her. She would copy me. All this talking to her, singing to her and slowly sounded out words, had her talking in full sentences by a year and a half old. She is four years old now, and can talk better than most seven year olds that I have met. At the age of three she was talking better than an eight year old child that we met. Patience is the best thing.

Lisa - posted on 10/20/2008

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My daughter started saying 'Hockey!! Hockey!!' when she was 10 months old. I walked everywhere with her. While she was in her stroller, I would talk away to her. I would ask her questions like, 'Are you a pretty girl?' and I would answer myself, 'yup.' I had a little radio on the stroller that played music all the time. She loves music. I sang to her before every nap and before every bedtime. All the nursery rhyms I could think of. Eventually, when I would ask her a question, she started answering them with the answers I had given her. Any time she tried to pronounce a word, I would slowly sound it out for her. She would copy me. All this talking to her, singing to her and slowly sounded out words, had her talking in full sentences by a year and a half old. She is four years old now, and can talk better than most seven year olds that I have met. At the age of three she was talking better than an eight year old child that we met. Patience is the best thing.

Lisa - posted on 10/20/2008

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My daughter started saying 'Hockey!! Hockey!!' when she was 10 months old. I walked everywhere with her. While she was in her stroller, I would talk away to her. I would ask her questions like, 'Are you a pretty girl?' and I would answer myself, 'yup.' I had a little radio on the stroller that played music all the time. She loves music. I sang to her before every nap and before every bedtime. All the nursery rhyms I could think of. Eventually, when I would ask her a question, she started answering them with the answers I had given her. Any time she tried to pronounce a word, I would slowly sound it out for her. She would copy me. All this talking to her, singing to her and slowly sounded out words, had her talking in full sentences by a year and a half old. She is four years old now, and can talk better than most seven year olds that I have met. At the age of three she was talking better than an eight year old child that we met. Patience is the best thing.

Lisa - posted on 10/20/2008

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My daughter started saying 'Hockey!! Hockey!!' when she was 10 months old. I walked everywhere with her. While she was in her stroller, I would talk away to her. I would ask her questions like, 'Are you a pretty girl?' and I would answer myself, 'yup.' I had a little radio on the stroller that played music all the time. She loves music. I sang to her before every nap and before every bedtime. All the nursery rhyms I could think of. Eventually, when I would ask her a question, she started answering them with the answers I had given her. Any time she tried to pronounce a word, I would slowly sound it out for her. She would copy me. All this talking to her, singing to her and slowly sounded out words, had her talking in full sentences by a year and a half old. She is four years old now, and can talk better than most seven year olds that I have met. At the age of three she was talking better than an eight year old child that we met. Patience is the best thing.

Angie - posted on 10/14/2008

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Talk, talk, talk!!! On average the 18month old starts making two word sentences - that's broadly speaking! They need to hear a word 500-600times before they use it. The ladies have given good advice. Good luck and happy chatting to your little one:-)

Fatima - posted on 10/13/2008

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My 4 year old took very long to talk as a result of his older sibblings and rest of family giving in to his requests. In other words even though he was not talking he would point at what he wanted and everyone around would respond. The advice I got from my GPwas to reap words that he wanted i.e. if he pointed at Milk, we would say Milk, do you want Milk, say milk and only once he said or tried saying would we give it to him. It is hard at firsst. good luck, but don't stress Daniel only started speaking after 2, now he doesn't shut up!

Laura - posted on 10/13/2008

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Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! Everything you are doing with your child (i.e., changing their diaper, feeding them, changing them) talk to them the whole time and tell them what you are doing.

Jonte - posted on 10/12/2008

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My darling daughter is a talker all day everyday and Ive noticed the one thing that I did alot diffrent from other mothers was the baby talk I talk with her as if im talking to u or any other adult and I think that it really helped with her speach

Tammy - posted on 10/12/2008

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sing alot of songs and try and get him to sing with you, read books and ask question about the book eg what is this? what come next ? all else fails get in touch with a speech therapist for tips, 18 months is still young but if you are really worrried seek help dont leave it too long they may recommend getting a hearing test good luck

Josette - posted on 10/12/2008

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hey there my 2 yr old had speech theapy due to being tongue tied,and we found that breaking words into sayings like car falling you say crash,and all animals you just make the noise of the animals instead,all children are different they will talk when they are ready,dnt be to worried xx

Wendy - posted on 10/12/2008

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I have three boys. My second son didn't talk until he was 3! He didn't even try, all he would do is grunt and point and he got the point across. When he turned 3 he started talking in sentences and he has the best vocabulary I've ever heard out of a 7 year old. My advice is not to stress about it... it will happen when they are ready!

Jenna - posted on 10/12/2008

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many thanks to you jus my other child spoke at 13 months and i know he was early but thank you for your advice x

Cheryl - posted on 10/11/2008

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I have four kids and they were all late talkers. I stressed over each one of them, listened to many concerned friends who felt that my kids must have a speech problem, and finally realized that they will talk when they are ready. For all four it was when they were 2 and a half to 3. The younger ones talked later than the older ones; they had more people to talk for them. My third one had speech to help him when he was 2 and a half ( I had finally given in to the well meaning advice of my friends). One of the techniques they stressed was giving two choices when they wanted something so that they would have to say it; ie "Would you like juice or milk?" What I do with my fourth is when reading together, use the same books and then let them fill in words, or say the wrong thing and see if they catch it by correcting you. ie: "Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the BANANA!!!" One more thing, lots of songs with hand jestures. P

Winnie - posted on 10/11/2008

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I know from my experience, my little nephew understood and comprehended everything you said to him, but very rarely talked. And then on day, he just started talking in near full sentences. It was like he was just storing all his words up. We were really impressed with how well he spoke, and how many words he knew, and he was 2 when he really started talking.

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name everything that you can and repeat it a lot, her favorite toys or people in her life. most children don't really talk a lot till there over 2 years old. they may know how to say it they just don't bother because other people say it for them.

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