Many parents of young children who are late talkers want to know if there is anything they can do to help improve their child's speech/language development. Here you will find fun, simple and effective ways to help stimulate your child's language. Even the slightest improvement in your child's communication can significantly help reduce frustration. If concerns are still present after using the techniques, it is always recommended that a child be seen by a Certified, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist.
How do you find a professional to work with? You can get a recommendation from your child's Pediatrician or browse the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) website to find a professional in your area.
"I've learned that most every interaction can be one where my child can learn new words."
- Talia B.
Hi, I’m Tamara Simpson
I am a Speech/Language Therapist who specializes in providing language therapy to children ages birth to three years old. I serve children and families through New York City's Early Intervention Program.
Tamara Simpson, M.S., CCC/SLP
Blowing Bubbles: Sparks Fun and Speech
Every Speech Therapist keeps bubbles in their therapy bag. It's our secret weapon really. Bubbles are a great way to teach simple language and there is nothing better than watching them float or fly and then popping them all, little and big. Blowing bubbles allows for an opportunity for you to teach your toddler/preschooler words like "bubbles", "wet", and "pop." If your child already uses single words then use play with bubbles to teach them 2 and 3 word combinations like "pop bubbles", "big bubble", "little bubble" and "blow big bubbles."
In addition to improving language, blowing bubbles also helps to improve your child's oral musculature strength which is great for improving speech and helps to reduce drooling if the lip and jaw muscles are weak. So keep some bubbles on hand and include it in your child's play.
Making of the Video
Here you are introduced to my 15-year-old daughter who does makeup checks, still enjoys popping the bubbles that I blow and also takes on the job of Video Editor for our high level production happening on Teachable :)
You also get a sneak listen of our daily FaceTime with my chatty 1 and a 1/2-year-old nephew and my niece, who my nephew affectionally calls his "Sissy."
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Reading Improves Language Skills
Reading books with your child on a daily basis is a great way to improve their language skills. When reading, there is no need to read every word written in the book. Use the pictures or illustrations to make up your own story. Tell a story that your child can learn quickly and possibly be able to repeat quickly as well. If you are trying to get your child to use 2 or 3 words to express herself on a daily basis then tell your story using 2 or 3 words per page. For example, use words like "brown bear", "big brown bear" when reading or describing pictures in preschool books.