20 Language Development Activities For Speedy Speech Results

20 Language development activities for immediate use

What language development activities do you suggest parents do for continued improvement in their baby?

Speech-Enhancing DVD for Babies and Toddlers

"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."

Well let’s start off by firstly agreeing that there are so many things parents can do. But what most of us are probably looking for are the practical, easy things that effortlessly blend in with our daily activities… but still getting great results.

The strange thing is, to achieve this is very possible. In fact, the most important part is focus on doing these activities.

I’ve listed 20 things you can try right away to stimulate language and speech development.

Everyday Language Development Activities

  • Use your baby’s name when you are talking to him.

  • Play games such as ‘Ride a cock horse’. At first you do all the jiggling up and down, but gradually as he gets familiar with the game, baby will do his own bouncing and attempt to join in.

  • Don’t over correct. If baby says ‘Woggie’ for ‘Dog’ don’t say ‘No, Doggie’, but instead just repeat the correct pronunciation ‘Yes, Doggie’.

  • All babies respond positively to praise and attention. If you find yourself saying ‘No!’ once too often, take care to praise when you can.

  • All children learn from the adults around them and their responses, so the more ‘quality time’ you spend with your child the more likely it is that they will develop their language skills.

Everyday Language Development Activities When Talking To Your Baby

  • If you hold baby face to face quite closely he will mirror your actions, moving his mouth and lips as you speak.

  • Use appropriate language. Instead of  ‘Right we are going to the park after you’ve had a wash, fetched your shoes, put on your coat and I’ve put the dog on his lead’ it is better to use quite short sentences that baby can understand. ‘Park now’ and later ‘Let’s get ready for the park.’ This saves the child from having to work out which is the important part of the sentence. The golden rule – use sentences one word longer than the child is using, so if he speaks in two word sentences use three.

  • Use lots of different sounds - some you make and others by toys or tapes etc. This will stimulate the child’s listening skills.

  • If baby is at the babbling stage, make similar sounds in the gaps. This will help the child to learn how to take turns in conversation.

  • Use actions and gestures together with words. Ask ‘Drink?’ while picking up or pointing to his cup.

  • If a child points at something, tell them what it is, then when they attempt to say it, repeat it back to them.

  • Name the familiar things your child can see – the door, Teddy, plate, bottle etc.

  • Talk about everyday actions such as getting dressed or making a cake. This helps the child to relate the words to his world.

  • Expand on single words that baby uses. He says ‘Mama’ and you say ‘Mamma is here.’

  • Talk to your child about what you are doing:-‘Mommy is putting her coat on now.’

  • If you must use baby language, only do so by combining it together with adult speech. Say ‘Drinkie? Let’s have a drink shall we.’

Everyday Language Development Activities While Reading and Playing

For More Language Development activities

"My daughter is 5 months old and absolutely loves this DVD and the dog.

She watches it while she is in her Jumperoo and bounces like crazy when the DVD is going. She also smiles real big when the animals come on screen.

My son, who is 3 loves it as much as she does so I am going to get him the older version of it, the cow. I am very excited to see how great that one is. He totally interacts with it while it is playing, it's great."

  • As early as six weeks old begin to read stories to your baby. They may not understand much, but they will listen to every word and also gradually understand how books work i.e. from front to back, and from ( in English) left to right , top to bottom. This is such a basic thing, but can get overlooked.

  • Choose books with large colorful pictures without too much detail at first so that the child can easily relate the words to the picture. Encourage him to point to things in the picture ‘Where is the dog?’

  • Tell a familiar story to an older child, but pause at repetitive words such as ‘Huff, Puff’ in the story of ‘The three little pigs’. This gives baby the chance to join in.

  • Play games such as ‘peek a boo’ or clapping and singing games.

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