Making speech happen with late talkers
About 10 to 20% of toddlers are known as late talkers, i.e. 18 month to 20 month old children with less than 10 words and children aged 21 months to 30 months with less than 50 words and/or no two-word combinations. With adequate support, most of these children go on to develop appropriate language skills. I previously wrote about developing first words with late talkers. In this blog, I discuss simple strategies to help children expand the range of sounds they use so they can talk more.
So, how do we help children use more sounds?
The lady in the above YouTube video (not me, by the way) does a great job of modelling speech sounds and words. Note that the child does not repeat anything in this video. That's not a problem. He is into it, he listens and he is taking it on board. Sometimes, language can seem slow to happen. By keeping a diary of new sounds and words your child says you can track their progress. Be patient and make sure you notice every new achievement, even small ones. They are all signs that things are moving in the right direction.
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