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In every child’s life, the first and the best teacher is his/her parent. I have done a lot of research on speech delay for my niece who had a speech delay and these activities worked great with her. Also my daughter is a chatterbox and I give all the credit to these activities that we did at home all the time. Hope these help you all too.
Spend 30-40 minutes ‘just playing’ with him several times a day. Use simple words like “Car fast!” or “Red ball” or “Big sun”. Your child may be too small but when we talk with a clear language to them, they grasp the language easily and also this helps them to start talking at an early age.
Try not to have the TV on if you aren’t watching it. Let the child learn to concentrate on what you speak, as the background noise of the television may actually cause more of a delay in speech.
Teach him sign language (it has been proven to help them speak faster) . I focused on the biggies: more, mine, help, Mommy, Daddy, please, thank you (please & thank you are added in there just to teach your little one good manners!)
Make magnets for your refrigerator that has his favorite things and when he wants something, he can bring that to you. (make sure he can’t choke on them). This is a real fun activity and also my favorite.
How to make them: Take a large flat magnet paper. Glue a white sheet of card-stock on it and cut into squares. Then draw pictures onto them with the things that your child might need: cup, food, bed, favorite toy ,juice, cereal, cookies etc… This will help you ELIMINATE frustration because kids with a speech delay often become frustrated easily.
Work with simple picture flash cards. Say the name of the object & have them repeat it. Labeling is HUGE for a child with a speech delay.
PS- You might want to get a flash card app for babies or toddlers- you may find it on google play store.
Get a cotton ball & straw. Put the cotton ball down on the table or on the floor. Now, take a straw & let him blow through it to make a cotton ball move (have the cotton ball on the table). This will help with the oral muscles needed for speech.
Drink with a straw, but not just liquids. Change it up a bit and use the straw to drink many different textures (water, milk, applesauce, pureed fruits, milkshakes). This too will help with the oral muscles needed for speech.
Use silly straws for drinking. These are great because they take a little more muscular strength and work than the average straw.
Put some things out of reach that you know your child will want (favorite book, favorite toy) and they will have to ask you for help to get them. Teach them to come and get you and take you (by the hand) to what he/she wants OR by getting you the magnet off of the fridge (did you read that tip above?) Show your child the sign for help and say “Help” when they are asking you.
Praise the child’s efforts!
These are just some things that I practice with my niece who is a speech delayed child & that I have done with our own child.
If your baby is not pointing by 15 months, or is not using any gestures by 12 months, you should bring it up with your pediatrician just to be safe.
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I strongly believe in breaking all the stereotype ways of parenting.
For me parenting is all about love and fun. My girls and I believe in jamming out in the car, in dancing in the rains, and in miracles. We believe in smiling till our cheek hurt and laughing till our neighbours’ ears burst. Parenting definitely comes with loads of challenges,but trust me facing these challenges becomes much more easier by having a fun and a happy attitude towards it.