6 Quick Speech Tips To Jumpstart Your Toddler’s Communication

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Communication (or speech) is so much more than the words we speak.  It’s the way we shift our eye gaze, and where we look.  It’s our facial expressions.  It’s our body language, our movements and gestures.  There is so much to be learned from slowing down and paying close attention to all of these things.  A whole conversation can take place without a single word being spoken.  

As a parent, when your child is having trouble speaking or communicating, we know it can be both overwhelming and heartbreaking. All you want is to hear 4 simple words: “I Love You, Mama.” 

We want you to know that our speech therapists have the tools, resources and strategies for your child to give you the #1 thing your heart needs right now: Hope. 💗

What To Look For or Behaviors You May Notice First

Being able to notice when your toddler may have a speech delay, is the first way to feel empowered as a parent. Below are a few behaviors to look for or that you may notice when it comes to determining if your child may have a speech or communication delay.

4-7 MONTHS

+ Your child isn’t babbling (e.g. bababa, dadada)

14-18 MONTHS

+ Has only a few words

+ Not imitating simple sounds, words

+ Not imitating simple actions or gestures

+ Not point to or identifying familiar objects (15 months)

18 MONTHS

+ Not understanding what people say

+ Using less than 25 words

24 MONTHS

+ Not putting 2 words together

+ Saying less than 50 words

2-3 YEARS

+ Not playing well with other children

+ Not talking to other children

3 YEARS +

+ Difficulty understanding what your child is saying (unintelligibility)

+ Difficulty engaging with peers in pretend or imaginative play

+ Demonstrates a “loss” of language or words

Quick Tips to Jump Start Your Toddler’s Speech

The second way to feel empowered as a parent is to have a few tips to help progress or encourage your child’s speech. Here are a few that our speech therapists recommend trying when you feel that you are out of ideas.

💬 ask for their “help” – example: “can you close the door?” or “can you put the plate on the table?”

💬 model behavior – child learn by example

💬 speak at eye level 

💬 validate their feelings ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

💬 give two options – giving a choice allows your child to feel in control

💬 focus on what they can do, not what they can’t

Being able to pause and see that your child is going through a normal development stage will help the frustration and know that they are doing the best they can in that moment.  

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At Milestone, we’re ready to have a new conversation about the infinite potential your child has and how our therapists can help you build the positive foundation necessary for success.

We treat a wide range of speech, language and social communication disorders for kids who have different levels of abilities.  Our goal is to determine what tools and strategies are best for each individual child.

Specific Areas We Focus On:

🌵 Articulation & Cognition

🌵 Expressive and Receptive language

🌵 Fluency

🌵 Feeding and Swallowing

🌵 Form (phonology, morphology, syntax)

🌵 Hearing

🌵 Social communication (greeting, commenting, asking questions)

🌵 Pragmatics

Our speech therapists provide the support you need to create the results you want for your child. Our expert team of speech therapists are passionate about what they do and love communicating positivity, joy and hope to your child so they can thrive.

We want you to feel empowered as a parent and capable of helping your little one!

Talk to one of our speech therapists about your child today. Schedule a free consultation to get started!

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