My child isn’t talking, what should I do?
What are the milestones?
4 months – at this age your child should be starting to make babbling sounds such as “bababa”, “mamama”.
12 months – by 12 months your child should be starting to say their first words.
18 months- 24 months – during this stage your child should be starting to place 2 words together such as “mummy ball.”
What should I do if my child isn’t meeting these milestones?
Book an assessment with a speech pathologist
A speech pathologist will be able to:
- Assess your child’s current communication skills.
- Determine whether there are any underlying problems that may be impacting language development.
- Provide advice and training on how to enhance these skills.
Incorporate language stimulation strategies
-Place a favourite toy out of reach and then wait.
-Offer small amounts of things at a time (e.g. juice) then wait.
-Choose an activity that your child can’t do without your help then wait.
-Offer choices then wait.
-Pause a familiar activity, then wait for your child to request for more or say the next word in the song. E.g. Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great…PAUSE.
-Change a familiar activity. E.g. Placing a sock on your child’s hand.
-Hide objects in surprising places.
-When things go wrong, wait for your child to comment before saying anything. E.g. when food falls on the floor.
- It is important to ensure that you do not bombard your child with questions or force them in to talking. Children respond best when there is not pressure on them.
Hanen Program – It Takes Two To Talk
It Takes Two To Talk is a research-based program that helps parents facilitate their children’s language development. At SHSP we have Hanen trained therapists who will be able to walk you through the program.
If you are a parent who is unsure about your child’s language development, please do not hesitate to call our clinic on 4862 5063 for advice or to book in for an assessment.