Friday , April 19 2019

Get your child to speak fast

delayed speechMost often children just need a little more incentive to get them talking so I like to use what is known to speech therapists as “Communicative Temptations.”  Sometimes when the child is not speaking at the age or time that we expect, parents tend to get worried and they rushing to Doctors and ask all kinds of people what to do.  There is no need to panic.  Child will talk on it’s own and at it’s own pace.  Sometimes, when this happens, tendency to get worried is not uncommon with the parents.  But what is required is the ability to address this problem in a tactful manner. Here are few tips which I am going to give you which will enable your child speak fast.

Eat something your child loves in their presence with out offering them any.

When your child indicates that they would like some, model a more advanced way for them to make the request, whether it is using a sign, a word or a simple phrase. For example, if your child points and grunts to the candy, model the sign for candy then wait and see if your child will imitate the sign candy. If your child simply keeps pointing and grunting take his/her hand and help him make the sign for candy then reward him/her with the candy.

Play with something your child loves but don’t offer to share.

For instance if your child loves playing with playdough and wants to participate in the fun, you could model the /p/ sound for “please” or “play,” or you could model the signs for please or play. If your child can already say one word model a two word phrase for him/her to imitate like, “play please.”

At meal time and snack time give your child bite size portions

rather than dishing up a whole serving for them, then wait for them to request more. If no attempt is made model the sign “more,” help them make the sign, or model the /m/ sound for them to imitate.

Limit your child’s access to things

like the t.v., toys, food, or going outside. Set it up so they have to make a request or ask for help to access these things. You may accomplish this by putting favorite things up high or locked up.

Play turn-taking games

such as rolling the ball back and forth, or pushing a car back and forth. Once your child expects another turn hold the car or ball and wait. Look at him/her expectantly if no sign or verbal request is made, model an appropriate request such as the sign for “ball,” the /b/ sound, the word “ball” or “ball please”…

Use tight containers to store things in.

When your child indicates he/she wants a cookie you might hand him/her the cookie jar (tightly sealed of course), when he/she can’t open it and hands it back to you make him/her sign open or help.

Use wind up toys

or other toys that are difficult for kids to operate on their own. Wind up a wind-up toy your child gets a kick out of then hand it to them when they want a turn, wait for them to request help by using the sign or the word to operate the toy.

Blow bubbles then screw the lid on tightly

and hand it back to your child for their turn. Wait for them to request help with a a sign or a word. Model the sign or word if necessary.

Using these little tricks that require your child to communicate will teach your child the power of communication. They will learn very quickly that when they sign or say “out” they can go outside but if they simply cry by the door nothing happens. It is important to be quick with your reinforcement so your child will make the connection easily, for example if you are teaching your child to request “more cookie” be sure to have that cookie ready to put in their darling little hands right away. When your child points and grunts, or tantrums pay no attention at all, or be sure to explain that you don’t understand what they want even when you do. Then model an appropriate way to make the request. Little tricks like these have helped me get most non-verbal children to start communicating. And of course these things need to be done in patience and love. When your child sees that he/she can communicate their wants/needs effectively, it will give them added confidence that will help them in the continuing process of language development.

Additional Tips

1. Try to speak only in one language, with the child as well as between yourselves – so the child is only exposed to one language.

2. Is your child being taken care of by a maid or a nanny? If so, ensure that the child is not exposed to yet another language. Although the child may understand different languages, he may get confused when he has to decide which language he should answer in.

3. DO NOT nag your child to talk. Instead, focus on increasing his comprehension, speech will automatically follow.

4. Speak in simple sentences.

5. Speak slowly so he understands everything you say.

6. Try to play games where he has to point the objects that you mention. Such as where is the fan, etc.

7. Then you can also play simple games such as the mother hiding behind a door, and where the child has to call out to her. The mother should come out as soon as he says her name. This is enjoyable, and it provides positive reinforcement.

About Sridhar Venkatraman

Progressive and open minded Business Professional with over 30+ years of experience in Automobile, IT, Education, Real Estate Industries. He has a passion to ensure "No child goes to bed hungry" and is involved in an NGO called "No Hungry Child". He is a Social Entrepreneur and added a new service "Art of Self Treatment" to help more and more people who are suffering from health issues. He learnt the art of Self Treatment from his guru Mr Healer Baskar.

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