Why I don’t worry about my toddler’s pronunciation

Why I don’t worry about my toddler’s pronunciation

Posted by: on May 23, 2016 | No Comments

My two-year-old talks all day long, but because he sounds like a little drunk, very few people understand him. Most of what he says has to get translated for others, either by me or by his three-year-old brother, who acts as his interpreter. Parents sometimes worry about their toddlers’ speech sounds, so I thought today I’d write about why I’m not worried on this score.

Teach your child to say ‘Mama’: Language skills targets for babies and toddlers

Teach your child to say ‘Mama’: Language skills targets for babies and toddlers

Posted by: on Apr 22, 2016 | 4 Comments

 

I realize that saying ‘Mama’ doesn’t sound like a major language skills goal, but let’s be honest, isn’t that what most mothers can’t wait to hear from their babies? And although I’m writing about ‘Mama’, the ideas in this post are just as relevant for ‘Dada’ or ‘Nana’ or whatever name you’re using, as a key figure in your little one’s life.

Inventing songs with toddlers

Inventing songs with toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Singing songs is a great way to boost toddler language skills because it engages little children in a fun interaction and encourages them to listen out for and enjoy the sounds of words. Inventing new songs extends this. It helps fill your toddler’s day with words, and makes songs directly relevant to their experience. The language-learning potential from that is huge! This post gives quick tips for inventing songs your little one will love.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 5. Play Sounds

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 5. Play Sounds

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2016 | One Comment

Before a baby says her first words, she will learn to use sounds in communication and to make particular noises on purpose. A great way to encourage this process is to introduce fun noises to your little one’s play. It may seem trivial, but in fact learning to imitate playful sounds is a big step towards learning to talk. This post is all about encouraging your baby or toddler to get noisy and verbal in play with easy to imitate sounds.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2016 | No Comments

When a little one begins to follow instructions this is a moment worth celebrating! Not only might they be able to help out with simple tasks, they are also showing us that they understand words. Whether a toddler follows commands is a crucially important indicator of their early language skills. Today’s post talks about this milestone, and how to help toddlers understand and carry out simple instructions.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 3. Signs

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 3. Signs

Posted by: on Mar 9, 2016 | No Comments

For children just starting to understand words, baby sign language can be a huge boost to their developing language skills. Children are often ready to learn what words mean before they can make the right sounds with their mouths. This post shares a few simple tips for getting your little one started with signs, without having to take a whole course and learn a new language yourself!

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 2. Gestures

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

For babies and young toddlers, using gestures is an important step towards using language. Actions like waving, shaking the head for no, clapping and pointing show a desire to communicate. They typically emerge just before first words. In this post I’ll explain what early gestures are, why they matter, and how to encourage your little one to start using them.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 1. Social participation

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 1. Social participation

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2016 | 2 Comments

Babies learn to talk by paying attention to other people. In other words, before they will speak, your child first needs to be interested in watching and imitating you. Simple games that encourage your child to interact and play with you are the best way to get them launched on their language journey. Here are some easy ideas for getting started.

Language learning play with Spiderman

Language learning play with Spiderman

Posted by: on Jan 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

What does your kid really love to play with? Whatever it is, you can use it for really fun play together, and for boosting their language development. In this post I show you how, with four fantastic ways for toddlers and preschoolers to play with Spiderman!

How to get your toddler talking: Fun with Words

How to get your toddler talking: Fun with Words

Posted by: on Jan 3, 2016 | No Comments

Language is learned through interactions; the more your child interacts with you the more they can learn from you. What makes a toddler want to interact with an adult? They may have a problem they hope the adult can solve, such as hunger or wet clothes. But once their needs are met, what keeps them with us? One of the best ways to make a toddler want to spend time with us is to be fun! In this post I’ll share a third great strategy to get your toddler talking. Your child will love this one!