Speech Development – H&S Education & Parenting
Speech Development In Children
So What Are The Normal Speech Developmental Milestones?
When To See A Doctor?
What Can You Do As Parents To Help With The Development Of Speech?
For Babies, start communicating by making faces, noises and talking to them from birth. Nursery rhymes, interactive games like peek-a-boo should be encouraged. You can even start picture books from an early age. If your child is now starting to talk you can talk to them using slow, simple, short, clear sentences. Also, try using sentences with an extra word or so compared to their age-related speaking skills. Avoid criticising, instead use praise when the child says a word or a sentence correctly. Help them learn words by using pictures to match with words for example a picture of a dog for the word dog, as an association is a good way of learning. When they get stuck at a word don’t say it all instead say do– and let them complete it. Allow them to talk and ask questions as they grow. Reduce screen time and include games that can help them with their vocabulary for instance.