How do I get my toddler to talk?

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asked Jan 9 in Toddler/Preschooler by Bcomplex (1,000 points)
How do I get my toddler to talk?

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answered Jan 16 by Vapirusky (9,170 points)
To get your toddler to talk speak directly to your toddler and talk in a normal voice.

Avoid using baby talk to the toddler and speak as you normally would so they can learn the words easier.

Get down on their level and speak with them and even read with the toddler and pronounce words for them and ask them to say those words as good as they can and do so as often as you can.

Talk directly to your toddler, even if just to narrate what you're doing.
Use gestures and point to objects as you say the corresponding words.
Read to your toddler.
Sing simple songs that are easy to repeat.
Give your full attention when talking to them.

The symptoms of a speech delay in children and toddlers include.

Not babbling by the age of 15 months.
Not talking by the age of 2 years.
Having an inability to speak in short sentences by the age of 3 years.
Having difficulty following directions.
Having poor pronunciation or articulation.
Having difficulty putting words together in a sentence.

By 12 months: isn't using gestures, such as pointing or waving bye-bye.
By 18 months: prefers gestures over vocalizations to communicate.
By 18 months: has trouble imitating sounds.
Has trouble understanding simple verbal requests.

TV can sometimes cause speech delay if the toddler or child is watching too much TV.

However after age 2 the TV could help the toddler learn some words and learn to talk some but you should still talk with the toddler yourself and help the child learn words without the TV.

TV does not help toddlers under 2 years of age to talk.

However watching TV and especially those educational cartoons can help a toddler 2 and above learn to talk and stay some words.

Toddlers under 2 years old will learn to talk by interacting with adults and parents and by you reading books to them.

Boys do most often talk later than girls do which is normal.

Normally boys tend to develop language skills a little later than girls, but in general, kids may be labeled "late-talking children" if they speak less than 10 words by the age of 18 to 20 months, or fewer than 50 words by 21 to 30 months of age.

Some late talkers are more intelligent while some early talkers are more intelligent than others.

Being a late talker does not mean the child will be or is more intelligent but sometimes a late talker may be more intelligent.

Most late talking children do not have high intelligence.

However, there are certainly many cases on record indicating that there may be trade-offs between early, precocious development of reasoning and analytical abilities and the development of verbal skills.

The signs of intelligence in toddlers are.

Saying more than 20 words at 18 months of age.

Excellent Memory. Clearly, a good memory is important for children to learn and retain new information, both in school and at home.
Early Reading Skills.
Curiosity.
Sense of Humor.
Musical Ability.
Sets High Standards.
Talkative with Adults.

While a non-gifted child may have a vocabulary of 150 to 300 words at age 2, gifted children may have surpassed the 100-word mark by the time they are 18 months old.

At 18 months, most children have a vocabulary of from 5 to 20 words, although some do reach the 50-word milestone by the time they are 2 years old.

An 18 month old should be eating foods that contain protein, vitamins, minerals etc.

Any healthy foods are good for an 18 month old.

An 18-month-old child can eat the same foods as the rest of the family, except for the few foods that are choking hazards, such as popcorn and nuts.

Offer a child of this age three meals and two snacks per day, but don't force them to eat if he or she is not hungry.

Cut the food into small pieces to make it easier to eat, and serve your child smaller portions to suit their smaller size.

Offer the 18 month old a variety of different foods throughout the day to help meet the recommended intake of nutrients for their age group.

An 18 month old should be fed every 2 to 3 hours.

Depending on the age of your toddler, and their activity level, whether they have a cold, and what you're up to, etc, you can aim for 2-3 hours between meals and snacks.

This window of time will give them plenty of time to work up an appetite, which can help them be more interested in eating what you serve them.

An 18 month old should sleep at least 11 hours to 14 hours per night.

As long as the 18 month old is getting at least 11 hours of sleep that is okay but some 18 month olds may need 14 hours of sleep.

The 18 month old will usually need an hour nap during the day as well if they become cranky.

Babbling is a form of talking.

When a baby begins to babble they are trying to talk and trying to learn to talk which is a good thing.

Babbling is normal at 18 months of age although some 18 month olds will also talk some but it's okay if the 18 month old is only babbling.

If the 18 month old is not at least babbling then that may be a concern but babbling at 18 months is normal.

Some social skills than an 18 month old child may have are they may want to be very outgoing and want to say hi or wave to just about anyone.

Your child at 18 months or any age may be afraid of strangers but will show affection to familiar people.

Points to show interest in something. Likes to play by handing things to people or playing simple pretend.

May have some tantrums.

Although some 18 month olds may not have social skills at all and may not be social at all and that is okay as well.

Some ways you can encourage your 18 month old to talk more are to.

Read with your child.
Talk about the ordinary things you do each day – for example, 'I'm hanging these clothes to dry outside because it's a nice day'.
Respond to and talk about your child's interests. ...
Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs.

Things and 18 month old should be able to do is feed themselves, drink from a sippy cup, know around 20 words, be able to say around 20 words, walk and run walk up and down stairs or climb furniture with your help.

Throwing and kicking a ball, scribbling with pencils or crayons, and building small towers of blocks might be some of your toddler's favorite things.

An 18 month old should be saying at least 20 words which include words such as nouns (“baby”, “cookie”), verbs (“eat”, “go”), prepositions (“up”, “down”), adjectives (“hot”, “sleepy”), and social words (“hi”, “bye”).

Most 18 month olds should be saying at least 20 words although it's normal for some 18 month olds to not say many words or any at all.

18 month olds should use least 20 words, including different types of words, such as nouns (“baby”, “cookie”), verbs (“eat”, “go”), prepositions (“up”, “down”), adjectives (“hot”, “sleepy”), and social words (“hi”, “bye”).

Try not to worry if your toddler isn't talking much at 18 months.

The age at which children learn to talk can vary widely.

Ideally, by 18 months, your child should know between six and 20 words, and understand many more.

If your little one can say fewer than six words, speak to your health visitor or GP for advice.

An 18 month old should know at least 2 body parts.

The naming of 2 body parts is normal for an 18 month old.

Between 18 and 30 months the toddler should learn to identify 6 out of 8 body parts.

Conjugate eye movements and the near reflex can be tested with an interesting object like a finger puppet.

Facial movement is noted as the toddler smiles.

An 18 month old baby can walk.

Some babies can actually begin walking some by the age of 8 months old although they still may need some help to walk without falling.

By 18 months old the baby should be able to walk without assistance.

From a very young age, your baby strengthens their muscles, slowly preparing to take their first steps.

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