Parents have a big obligation to ensure their toddlers’ language and skills are perfected. Learning to emulate sounds and words is a vital skill in a child’s pursuit to develop verbal skills. However, many toddlers have great challenges in learning to repeat words. Training a toddler to imitate words frequently starts with coaching him on how to imitate. Once they know how to do it, they will move to the next step of what to imitate. Occasionally it is easier to begin with, simple actions of your body parts instead of words or voice. You can begin by making slight actions that you are sure he can afford to do, such as hitting his chair or lap. If your child can move his hands or hand to wave you goodbye, then be sure he is learning something from you.
What you talk about is basically what your toddler will be talking about in a little while. If you are using long sentences which he cannot even repeat, then he might take longer before he utters a word. Talk of simple things like; ball, cup, dad, mum, good, you will hear your child attempt to repeat. Once your child can repeat a single word, make the words to be two, for instance, teach him how to say, “my ball,” “my mom,” “my cup,” and so forth.
On this matter, teach your toddler words at a time to avoid mix-ups. Remember, you are forming those words in his head in a certain order. Too many long words will confuse the toddle and find it hard to repeat.
Listening is equally important when it comes to teaching your toddler how to speak. Allow them to talk. Give them time and listen to what they are saying. By so doing, you will understand what they already know. From that point, you can pick closely related words and teach him how to say them. Repeat them correctly and over many times. By paying attention to your toddler when he is babbling, you are translating to him how important his words are. Engage him in the movement he is making, such as clapping and making disorderly sounds. It will make him want to listen when you are talking.
Avoid baby talk
When you are mentioning words to your kid, be sure you are talking of words that exist. Words such as water, tea, cup, and pen exist. It sounds like ma-ma and da-da will not help the child. Remember, you are laying a foundation for him to talk but not to make sounds. The same case applies when creating sentences. The order of the sentences must be logical to help the child speak logically. For example, you say my water but not water mine. The words order might look obvious, but still, they are very crucial.
As a parent or a guardian, be active in front of the toddler. Let your hands and facial expressions be part of your taking. It is good to understand that there is a connection between words that are signs. When you are talking about a walk, make two steps forwards and backward. When clapping, mention the phrase clap and allow the child to connect the two actions. The next time you say these words and attempt to make the physical moves, the toddler will already be aware of what you are doing and might find himself doing the same. Use lots of tunes and facial communication when you talk with the toddler. Use can raise or lower your volume. once you build interest around the act of talking, you find your baby to relate to it, and that gives your baby even more chances to learn for longer periods
Limit screen time
Mass media such as television or radio will not help in developing the language of your child. No matter how long the toddler spends watching the screen, they will not learn a single word. Computer games or iPads might teach different concepts and skills but not talking. Words are taught in an interactive session but not a dormant one. The people around your children are responsible for teaching him a language. The only exception to using a screen is when you are clapping as the screen sings.
Use silly sounds
Sometimes your child will be able to imitate actions but yet fail to utter a single word. In such a case, use silly utterances that have no meaning. You can use the repetition of vowels each at a time.
For instance, use words such as a-a- an e-e-e, pa-pa-pa. The utterances will train your toddler to imitate what you are saying. Remember, words are the creation of vowels and consonants, which make sounds.
Fun with noises
Some children will be familiar with animal sounds, yet they will not utter a single word. Do not be surprised; your child is in the development process. Animal sounds such as snake- ssss or a cat � meow look more attractive than other words that you are teaching your child. The best thing to do is train him on those words, and once he gets used to them, he will find it easier to learn other words.
Sometimes, your toddler is silent, but he is engaging himself in doing some physical activities. Imitate those sounds of objects. For instance, if the child is using a stick to hit a cup, imitate the sound of the cup. The next moment you will find him hitting and imitating by herself.
Parents should tell if their children are first learners or not at a tender age. After realizing the potential of their toddlers, they should employ relevant mechanisms such as those discussed above to make their children talk. You should at least find a solution to make your child talk. No matter how long your toddler takes without repeating the single voice, don’t lose hope.