Facts and Tips On Late Talking in Toddlers
It is a major concern among many parents. Every child is unique and different in their traits. Some may be early to talk and walk while others are not. It's very important for the parents not to get paranoid and take effective steps ahead. A casual check-up could be done with the pediatrician for seeking advice on this cause.
When does a toddler start talking?
Generally, a child starts babbling at the age of 6 months to 1 year. Gradually they utter certain words which they picks up from conversations they get to hear. At the age of 2 they might start talking in two-word sentences, speak about 20 to 50 words, sing songs or nursery rhymes and so on. Sometimes some children tend to start talking only after 2, although its normal. A prevailing myth about toddlers is that, compared to boys, girls starts talking at an early age, though it is not scientifically proved.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, the Language milestones for Toddlers are :
- Points to object or picture when it’s named for him
- Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
- Says several single words (by fifteen to eighteen months)
- Uses simple phrases (by eighteen to twenty-four months)
- Uses two- to four-word sentences
- Follows simple instructions
- Repeats words overheard in conversation
Factors Influencing Delayed Talking
- In today's world where nuclear families replaces older extended families, it's quite obvious that a child gets to see and interact with only a very few people, or rather their mommy and papa. Had it been an extended family in the past, there would be grand parents, uncles, aunts and their kids to play with or to share a story. All those experiences, interactions and conversations add to the development behavior of children.
- It could be because of ear infections or speech disorders, which can be confirmed only by a pediatrician.
- It may be just because the child is taking some time in his development.
What to do when your toddler has not started talking?
- Talk to him clearly. Make sure that the words are well audible and clear.
- Narrate stories to him if he loves listening. You can explain to him when he is doing those little things like drinking water or playing with something.
- Try to make him utter some easy words like 'bye-bye', 'cookies' etc by repeating them.
- Encourage them when they come up with their words, or even when they mimic words or the rhythm of your speech. Mimicking sounds or tone itself is a great step in their development.
- These exercises is just not for once or one day, but has to be repeatedly done all day, every day in a playful way. Kids tend to retract when its too imposing.
Before thinking about speech therapy for your kids, just make it an attempt from your side. It definitely yields positive results. Even after that if you genuinely think your child needs help, then go for it and don't look back.
Source: http://www.aap.org American Academy of Pediatric's Website