Speech and Language Development: Helping Your 1- to 2-Year-Old - Topic Overview
These are some things you can do to help your 1- to
2-year-old learn words and say simple sentences:
Tell your child what you are doing. Say, "I am
changing your diaper" and "I'm washing your face" when interacting with your
child. Always speak slowly and clearly to your child. Tell her or him the names
of favorite toys and other common objects around the house.
your child's brain develop, it's best to talk, play, sing, or read together
instead of letting him or her watch TV.
Read to your child every
day from books with colorful pictures, and point to the pictures while you
read. Read books that are made of cloth or cardboard so that your child can
hold them and turn the pages. Visit the library regularly.
turns when talking. Ask your child a question and wait for an answer. Let him
or her take the lead in conversations. For example, if your child says
"da-da-da," repeat it to show that you are picking up on the
Praise your child when he or she correctly labels a
familiar object. When your child says "doggie" and points to a dog, reply,
"Yes, that is a doggie."
Don't imitate your child's unclear speech,
constantly correct, or embarrass your child by making him or her repeat unclear
words, especially when other people are around. Correct your child in a
positive way by rephrasing, repeating, and relabeling.
songs with your child, such as "Happy Birthday." Encourage your child to talk
with others, including other children his or her age.