Speech delay in toddlers is one of the common problems that many parents experience with their child. Delay speech is a condition when your toddler doesn't speak at all or can only say a few words. According to researches, it has been found that one in every five children experience a delay in speech.
If your toddler has not started talking at the age of 2 and above, then as a parent you need to discuss the issue with your child's pediatrician. There are speech development techniques that every parents must adopt to boost their late talking toddlers. Here are few ways that can help your late talking toddlers to speak.
Here are few ways to boost speech development in your late talking toddler.
1. Have a conversation- If your toddler has not started talking at the age of 2 and above, then there are chances that your toddler doesn't know enough words to express himself/herself. Generally, toddlers are poor in vocabulary and this discourages them from talking. This poor vocabulary gives them inability to talk and say words. So, if your toddlers has delayed speech then you need to have a good conversation with them to ensure speech development. Always remember that toddlers are very good in comprehending what you are saying even when they can't speak well. Therefore, converse with your toddler so that he/she learn new words and enrich their vocabulary.
2. Be descriptive- Don't just label objects like pen, motorcycle, fan, television etc; describe them to your toddler. Description such as 'this is a pen, it is used for writing' or 'we are going out on a motorcycle. This is a motorcycle' and so on helps them to recognise the objects. Repetitive description of an object also encourages him/her to speak and learn different words.
3. Make them read- Reading for your toddler and making him/her to read is one of the easiest ways to boost your toddler's speech development. Find simple picture books for your toddler with delayed speech. While reading to them you can point out words and pictures. Hearing the words for a repetitive period of time foster speech in late talking toddlers.
4. Sing songs- Songs not only entertain your toddler but also helps in building vocabulary. Rhyms like 'Little Piggy', 'twinkle twinkle little star' etc can help your late talking toddlers talk or murmur.
5. Exposure outside home- Many a times, the reason behind delayed speech in toddlers is shyness. Therefore, you need to give proper exposure to your toddlers. Enroll your child to play in music or any other activities. Indulging your toddler in some activities will give him/her an opportunity to learn language from peer group.