Speech Therapy for Toddlers: 5 Great Tips!

Speech Therapy for Toddlers: 5 Great Tips!


Talk about what you’re doing. Speech therapists
call this “self-talk”.When you’re with your toddler talk about what you’re doing, seeing,
eating, touching, or listening to. Keep it short, simple and fun. For example, “I’m washing
the dishes….. Now, I’m drying them… All done.” Or “I see
a doggie. He’s a big doggie!” Don’t expect your little one to repeat you.
Narrating what you’re doing simply gives your child exposure to language and helps your
child understand that talking is fun and functional. Talk about what your child is doing. Speech
therapists refer to this as “parallel-talk”. When you’re watching your child play, talk
about what he or she is doing. Use words your that toddler understands. And remember keep
the sentences short and simple. For example, “You’re building a big tower! Wow!” or “You
threw the ball! Nice throw, Tommy!” Don’t ask too many questions. Asking questions
can make a child feel like you’re testing him and can be overwhelming.
Rather say more simple comments. For example, instead of picking up a toy truck and asking
“What is it?” you could say “That truck is fast.” Pause and wait a few seconds to see
if he says anything. If not add another comment: “I like your truck.” Then after a few comments
you can throw in an open-ended question like: “Where’s the truck going?” Don’t be discouraged
if he doesn’t respond since some open-ended questions can be a challenging word-retrieval
task. Give choices. If you’re toddler isn’t responding
well to open-ended questions then offering a choice may be a little easier. When we give
toddlers choices, we’re telling them that they have some control and their input matters.
Providing choices also encourages decision making and promotes language development.
“Sammy, do you want to play with the boat or the airplane?” Have the boat and plane
in your hands and hold each one up while you present each choice. Offering a choice not
only makes it easier for the child to potentially imitate and repeat, but it also allows the
child to point or gesture if he can’t say anything yet. Expand your toddler’s language. When your
little one starts combining two words, he may say something like: “baby cry” or “mommy
cook”. Take this opportunity to add in the missing words to make it a grammatically correct
sentence. So you could say “The baby is crying.” or “Mommy is cooking.” Thanks for tuning in. I hope this was helpful!
If you’d like to learn more about how to stimulate speech and language in toddlers then please
check out Kim’s website: MyToddlerTalks.com OR look for her book My Toddler Talks at Amazon.com.

43 Replies to “Speech Therapy for Toddlers: 5 Great Tips!”

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  2. Thank you for posting this. My 16 month old has some hearing concerns and is really behind on her speech. She was supposed to start speech therapy last month but lost her medical insurance so now I can start working with her from home. I will be looking into the book too.

  3. my 18 month old daughter cant talk im very worried whats should i do?? she babbles and listen when i call her she knows what certain items are but she cant speak

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  5. My 3 year old daughter who has speech delays. I followed all the tips here but she keeps on saying… quiet mama or Leise Mama …

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  9. This is very helpful I don't know where to start waiting on a Developmental specialist but my son is 5yrs old and can only say about ten actual words. He understands more than what I think he would. He shakes his head up for yes down for no I reward him when he says a new word if anyone has any advice please help I would really appreciate it😊

  10. Hi
    thank you for the guidance.
    I want to know what can I do to help my daughter who keeps repeating dialogues amd keep talking to herself. she enjoys doing it so much that she totally ignores us. she is almost 4. she is in ASD..
    pls share your ideas and expertise.

  11. Thank you for these tips. I am concerned my 16 month old toddler is delayed in speech. All he says is "gogo" if we are leaving, "no" of course, a lot of "ah" and "mmmm" and sometimes "da" and a lot of temperamental whining I think because he knows I dnt understand him. He rarely points.

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  15. This is very helpful for my second language acquisition examination tomorrow. I wish you all the best in life with your cute daughter! 😉

  16. really helpful but some time my son refuse to say any thing and he is about to 3 but can't pronunciate or speak clearly and it makes him and me confuse .

  17. Very good points as an Early childhood educator specializing in 1-3 year olds. I use these tips with my class(although not consistently) I will try to be more consistent and also offer these tips to parents. Thanks

  18. So beautiful. I am having such a challenge because I'm the only native Spanish speaker for my babies (my babies are Turkish ) and also people speak Arabic here (and hubby and I speak English too ). So,when I'm teaching a word in Spanish, my toddler repeats in Turkish and so on. It's been tough.

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  20. This is such an amazing video. What a useful tool that many parents need. I am definitely going to implement some of these for my little one

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