How to Teach a Child to Speak (Children 2 Years Old and Up)

Parents look forward to the moment when their child begins to speak. The little person may not start speaking as soon as the parents would like, or learn the first word the parents would like to first hear their child utter, but all children do not develop at the same pace. A child should be starting to say his or her first words ages about 18 months old. Learning to speak is a normal part of a child's development, it shows the child is progressing in life. Parents can try to learn techniques to help their learn to speak quickly. There is a right way to do this. This process of learning to talk is a very interesting period of child’s development of cognitive processes. It can be emotional, in a very positive way. This article attempts to provide some useful information to helps parents to teach their children to speak.


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    Speak with your child regularly. Some parents do not have much desire to speak with a child because the child cannot respond. This can give the impression that parent is talking to themselves. Do not to focus on this, because the child hears everything and understands a lot. Talking is not just about sounds, the child will learn about facial expressions and listens to tone. A silent parent may raise a child who will not be good at talking, so it is necessary to speak with your baby as much as possible.
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    Do some articulation exercises with your child and massage his or her face. Caress the child's face lightly, starting from the forehead, and then go to the nose. The final movement is around the lips and cheeks, moving smoothly to the ears. The articulation exercises also help a lot. This includes the inflation of the cheeks, stretching and squeezing of lips, as well as an air kiss with the sound "mwah".
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    Talk softly with your child during the exercises. Comment on every move. Persistent exercises will not force your child to wait long for a successful outcome. Parents will be appreciated by the kid’s first spoken word.
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    Read more books to your child. It does not only develop the imagination, but also contributes the expansion of vocabulary and consolidates already known words in memory. Note the time when the baby becomes interested in books (not from the point of view of biting it or destroying), and make reading a part of the child’s daily routine.


  • Do not force the baby to exercise if he or she is tired. He or she cannot tell that he or she is tired, so he or she will be nervous and may start crying, It can destroy all interest to exercises. Give him or her some rest.

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Categories: Speaking and Listening Skills | Toddlers