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 | 6 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.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 7. First Words

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 7. First Words

Posted by: on Apr 15, 2016 | One Comment

Our babies’ first words are undoubtedly one of the most exciting milestones of the early years. We get to hear about what interests our little ones, what they want and what they think, and start to connect in a whole new way. So how do we encourage babies and toddlers to speak? Here are some ideas and resources to get started!

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.