Speech and Language Skills

Are Your Child's Speech And Language Skills Age Appropriate?

To find out whether your child's speech and language skills are developing age appropriately visit the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario website and click on to "Self-Evaluation - Children" at: www.caslpo.com

Ideas To Help Your Toddler With Speech And Language Development:

Use single words to name objects and actions during activities and play.

Talk about the experiences as they are happening, as this gives your speech the most meaning.

Repeat labels often so that your child can learn them.

Imitate your child's attempts at speech by repeating his word using the correct pronunciation. This not only shows interest and confirmation, but also gives him a good model.

Keep your language simple and easy to understand by using short 2 or 3 word utterances. If your child is using single words, expand his attempts by imitating and adding another word to make his meaning clearer.

When playing with your child, get down to his level and see him face to face. No only will he be able to see your face, which is especially helpful for learning some sounds, but you will be able to see exactly what he is interested in.

To help your child practice speaking skills, pause for 10 seconds after you have spoken to allow your child a turn.

Be aware that gestures and facial expressions are also a means of communicating. Give your child the word he needs to match his actions before responding to his non-verbal requests.

Remember all children develop at different rates and have different abilities, so use caution when applying developmental milestones, and consult with a speech-language pathologist for information and suggestions specific to your child.

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