how do i get my 1 1/2 yr old son to pronoun his words better?

Kaity - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son is 1 1/2. he can say a couple of words but there not pronouned very clearly. i want him to talk and explain his words more clearly but i dont know how. any help?

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Kerri - posted on 03/22/2010

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We play ABC word games with our kids. We'll go through the alphabet naming big words and having the boys (ages 1, 2, 3 & 4) repeat them. We do countries, foods, people's names, cities, animals, etc. They really enjoy the game and they have all developed not only a very clear but also a very large vocabulary. (Okay, the 1 yr old isn't really saying too much yet, but the other 3 make up for him!)

Jane - posted on 03/22/2010

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he's so little! it will all come together. our 3 yr old still doesn't pronounce things properly, but her little mind is working and she's at no loss for conversation. if your pediatrician isn't worried, then try to relax. i found that it almost like a switch gets turned on in their tiny brains one day and they just start jabbering. they can't master it for a long time. just remember to use the proper speech, don't use baby talk w/him b/c that only teaches him baby talk. bottle is "bottle", not "ba-ba", dog is "dog", not "woof woof", etc.

Myra - posted on 03/22/2010

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The biggest thing you can do is stay patient and remember to say things how you want him to say them, and explain things to him, too. At his age, it is still pretty hard to say many of the letters and their combinations, so it should clear up on it's own in the next year or so as his teeth all come in, he learns how to manipulate his tongue and mouth, and keeps practicing the sounds. But, whatever he is saying, in the next 6 months, you should be able to understand about half. If you are already able to understand that much, he is actually ahead of the norm.

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I know someone that works in speech therapy... He suggests to have us draw attention to our mouths and then enunciate the word so they can see how to move their mouth to make the correct word. I make is really obvious that we use our tongues for words like 'the', make my mouth really round for words like 'orange'. He also suggests both sitting in front of a mirror so baby can see what they're doing as well. :D

Emily - posted on 03/22/2010

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Honestly, feel lucky he's even talking at all. My son didn't start talking till he was 2. Repetition is the best way I think though. You just have to keep saying things over and over and over. Hopefully, he will only repeat the good words. My husband slammed his finger in the door today and my 2.25 year old learned a baaad word. Lol

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son is 22 mths old and just started talking about 4 mths ago. His speech is getting clearer every day....however what i do do is tell him on a regular basis to use his words and when he does use a word i repeat it back to him using the correct pronunciation. After awhile he seems to at least try to repeat it using the correct pronunciation. Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son is now 21 months. At 18 months he was just saying initial sounds for words (like 'd' when he saw a dog or 'b' when he saw a bird) and making car sounds. But now he is speaking so clearly that even strangers can understand what he is saying. Reading lots of books to him seems to have helped but I wouldn't worry too much about it at this early stage :)

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