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: 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.

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!

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

Posted by: on Jan 1, 2016 | No Comments

Do you want simple to apply techniques to help your toddler learn to talk? This series introduces the best strategies for boosting young children’s language skills. It all starts with thoughtful communication.