5 Everyday Activities for Improving Delayed Language Development

Delayed Language Development: A realistic activity schedule for improving skills

What sort of schedule do you propose for my child with delayed language development to get the best results?

This will of course depend upon your particular circumstances. You may be a lone parent or go out to work leaving your baby for some time with another carer, whether your partner, a grandparent or a paid child minder.

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"All three of my children love to watch it (5,3 and 2). My non-verbal 24 mth old laughs and giggles through the whole DVD and most importantly has attempted some of the sounds. We are really impressed with it. In fact, as far as encouraging late talkers, we would rate this one up there."

I do not think anyone can produce a schedule that says ‘Do this at ten fifteen with your three month old baby.’

But whatever your routine…

If you want to encourage your baby’s language skills then it is necessary to fit in somewhere some time each day and week dedicated to your baby and his speech and listening skills.

5 Everyday Activities for Improving Delayed Language Development

  1. A trip to the park perhaps - as well as running around and a go on the swings or slide. Try to spend some time just sitting listening.

    Can they hear the bus going past? Or is it a van or a motor bike? There’s a bird singing. Where is the sound coming from? What else can they hear – a dog barking, children playing… and all the rest.

    This variety of sounds loud and soft, near and distant, easy to identify and more difficult, will all help you child to hone his listening skills – and of course you can talk about what you can see and hear.

    The colors of the flowers, the height of the trees, the little squirrel in the grass… all of these can help to expand your child’s vocabulary.
  2. Try and fit in a trip to the library. No parent can afford to buy all the books that they have and there will be lots and lots of choice. If a book becomes a particular favorite you can always buy a copy.

    I strongly believe every child should own books that are theirs alone. And the great thing is that some of these first book are terribly cheap… every parent can afford them.
  3. The library may also have story telling sessions or toys and puzzles to borrow. So many small children’s toys are so quickly outgrown. Wooden puzzles for instance - there are only so many times even the smallest child can fit together 5 piece puzzles.

    All of these playing and reading activities stimulate and improve delayed language development of any child. But you will need to explain carefully that such things are only borrowed and must be returned and also kept in good condition.

    Another Way to Boost Delayed Language Development in Infants

    "My one year old and I love his ABC blocks with bag. I stack the blocks and he knocks them down. We spell his name, and point to the different animal pictures as we sing "Old MacDonald". Daddy and I even use them to play a type of quasi Scrabble game. I believe we will use his blocks for years to come. With the alphabet, numbers, mathematical symbols, and animal pictures, uses for them seem to be endless (i.e. stacking, spelling, counting, math, identifying animals). They are also very durable and can easily take the punishment of a toddler. With so many toys now requiring batteries I find the simplicity of ABC blocks, along with their promotion of thinking and coordination (stacking) refreshing."

    One of the greatest times I’ve had in my working career was when I started and ran an educational toy library. Hey, how many people do you know that is paid for playing

    Anyhow, this library was specifically started to cater to provide such stimulation activities.

  4. However busy you are make time to share stories with your child. Long before they are old enough to know what you are saying, baby will enjoy sitting close to you, listening and watching your lips. Later he will try to join in and when a little older will be able to tell you the story.

    Incorporate language learning into everyday routines.
  5. Bath time can become an opportunity to name various body parts – ‘Nose?’ or ‘Where is your nose?’ ‘Head’, ‘Pat your head’. This takes no time at all, well certainly no longer than a normal bath and is much more fun for all concerned.

Using the Golden Rule with Delayed Language Development

Regardless of what you do to improve any possible delayed language development in your baby, keep the Golden Rule in mind…

If you’re still worried about your baby’s language development, rather get professional help sooner than later.

Bottom line is this… do your honest bit, but trust your gut feeling about your child!

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