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Helping My Child Learn to Talk

Engage In Daily Activities

  • Talk with your child during bath time by naming body parts.
  • Talk with your child during meal times by naming the foods he/she is eating, name things that are on the table, and use simple directions (ex. “Give mommy the cup,” “Open your mouth,” and so forth).
  • Talk with your child during bed time by saying “goodnight,” or “night-night” to family members, pets, and toys.
  • Read a book.
  • Use simple expressions like “all gone” or “bye-bye.”

Singing

  • Sing simple songs.
  • Children enjoy listening and learning new sounds, words, and rhythms.
  • Add hand and facial movements while singing. Children learn to connect these movements with the words.
  • Children learn by imitating.

Play a Fun Game

  • It helps to count (“1, 2, 3……..GO!”) when you take the child down from the changing table, crib, or stroller. Encourage the child to say “GO” with you.
  • Play peek-a-boo with your child. This is a fun game for your child to become surprised, smile, and laugh.
  • Children love to hide and playing games help children learn to take turns.

It might be helpful to write down baby’s first words and work on learning new words.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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