Speech Problems: Therapy for Toddlers

Speech Therapy for Toddlers

Early childhood years are a period of incredible growth in all areas of baby's development. During the first 3 years toddler forms his speech and language. A lot of facts and reasons can cause speech delay. Noticing the problem in time can prevent some complications in the future development of your toddler.

There are a lot of speech therapy materials for toddlers to cope with this problem. But the best way to handle such situation is to visit a logopedist (speech therapist). This increases chances of getting better for child health.

Some toddlers are able to speak but have some other speech problems:

  • Voice/Resonance disorders: speech sounds to be weak or too loud, muffled, breaking etc.
  • Articulation disorders: words or syllables are pronounced incorrectly;
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering): the speech is disrupted by prolongations or repetitions of speech sounds and words, some words are impossible or hard to pronounce.

To avoid speech problems in toddlers:

  1. Talk to your toddler since his/her first days of life. Talk about what you are doing, with which aim you are doing that, show and explain different things and phenomena, their characteristics, your attitude to them etc.
  2. Carry your toddler talking and smiling to him/her. Tell some nursery rhymes and sing the songs to let your toddler see your face expressions and follow your articulation.
  3. Induce your toddler’s speech activity. Do not give your baby what it wants immediately after it pointed something out. Ask your toddler what he/she wants to get or to do…
  4. Talk to your toddler slowly and clear. Say the names of different objects, actions and phenomena while pointing at them and mentioning the sounds that those could do, or sounds with which they may be associated (e.g. “This is a snake…Ssssss”). In the future your toddler will use this onomatopoeia (a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes) to name an object or an action.
  5. Read for your toddler on a daily basis. Rotate fairy tales with some verses, poems etc.
  6. Provide dialogues as the main way of communication between you and your toddler.

Playing different kinds of games enhances toddler’s development: play with blocks, assemble the mosaic, draw, mold, dance with your toddler. And you should remember that your attention, love and patience are and always will be the best treatment and speech therapy for your toddler.

This blog post is sponsored by Giraffe Preschools.

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