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Toddler Talking and How to Encourage It (page 2)

Toddler Talking and How to Encourage It

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Updated on May 14, 2010

Mouth Workout

You can give your toddler plenty of practice grasping difficult sounds by helping him exercise the muscles he needs to form these sounds. If you put peanut butter behind your toddler’s teeth and encourage him to lick it off with the tip of his tongue, this will help him form the seemingly impossible letter “L” sound. And letting your toddler blow soap bubbles can give him the skills he needs to make the “W” sound. You can also stand in front of the mirror and make exaggerated facial expressions while you enunciate letter sounds with your toddler.

Seek Help When Needed

All children are unique, and they develop at their own pace, so never compare your toddler’s development to that of another child. But if your child is not forming simple sentences by the time he’s three years old, or grunts to communicate instead of using words, there may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed by a medical professional, or a speech-language pathologist.

Quality verbal experiences in the home are essential to encourage talking in your young child. So when you engage in regular chats with your toddler, read to him daily, allow interaction with peers, and help with letter sounds, you are giving him the tools he needs to achieve language development success.

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