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

  • Get face to face – ensure you lower yourself to your child’s level so you can hear and see each other.
  • Observe, wait, listen. Observe what your child is doing. Wait for them to initiate an interaction. Listen to your child to help build their self-esteem and self-confidence by showing them that what they’re saying is important.
  • When your child communicates with you, respond immediately and with enthusiasm.
  • Imitate – repeat what your child says back to them.
  • Expand – use what your child has said to make a full sentence. E.g. If your child says “’Dog!” You could reply with “Yes! A big, black dog!”
  • Repeat new words often and in different contexts.
  • Talk about what you’re child is doing. E.g. “You’re building a tower! You’re putting a green block on, then a blue one.”
  • Allow time for children to reply to you.
  • Set up opportunities for communication:
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    Requesting
    -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.

     
    Making comments
    -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.

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