How to learn child to speak?

Are you wondering what activities you can do to help your baby learn to talk? In this article, I am going to cover daily activities that you can do


Are you wondering what activities you can do to help your baby learn to talk? In this article, I am going to cover daily activities that you can do to stimulate your child's speech and language development. The first several years of a child's life are foundational for the development of speech, language and cognitive skills. For this reason it is very important to create an environment that provides them with stimulation, positive role modeling and human interaction to develop speech and language skills.

Learn child to speak:

For a normally developing child, learning is easy and creating opportunities for it is not difficult. There are some simple daily routines you can follow to create an environment that encourages your child's growth. Speech and language skills don't just develop on their own. They are part of a larger picture involving observation, social interaction, play, manipulating objects, listening and responding.

All these factors work together to facilitate a child's speech and language development. The first daily activity to do is have a face-to-face conversation with your child. Babies and toddlers look to our faces for important clues about language and social situations. Paying attention to facial expressions and facial movements is extremely important when a child's brain is determining neural pathways for speech and language skills.

Talk to your baby:

Infancy is the time when the development of nonverbal communication and social language begins. Starting in the first weeks of your newborn's life, take some time throughout the day to hold your baby in front of you. Talk to your baby and smile. At first your baby will only be making briefeye contact with you. But by 4 to 6 weeks of age, baby will look more into your eyes, and will even start smiling in response to your smile.

Watch your child when your baby makes a sound. and respond by repeating the sounds. You can also say words that contain that sound. For example if your baby is saying the sound "ba", you can say words like bottle and box. When your child makes faces or laughs, respond by drawing the same face back to them. As your child begins to say the words, add to what is said. For example if your child says "Mom," you can say "Mom is here," "Mom loves you." Another great daily activity that will encourage your child's speech and language development is your day.

It's easy to find natural learning opportunities as you go through your day. Your child is always listening and learning. The information your child takes in during the first several years provides a foundation for future communication skills. Talk to your baby as you feed, dress, and bathe your baby. Talk about what you are doing and where you are going. Point out and name the different items that you see that you will be moving throughout your day. Mention their color and size, and count how many of them you see.

Tell the story to the child:

Taking a walk outside with your baby will give you more interesting things to see and talk about. Much of a child's speech development has to do with hearing the words used over and over again. Another great daily routine is to read to your child. Story time is a great time to bond with your baby or toddler. And it's also a way to enrich your child's speech and language development. In the first several months, babies see best in black and white or high contrast color patterns.

Get picture books with these types of patterns, and talk about the pictures when you turn the book over. As the child gets older, choose books that have large colorful illustrations. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names, colors or numbers of the objects you see. You can also make reading fun by adding facial expressions, voice reflexes, sound effects and animal sounds.

When reading with a child, ask your child, "What is this?" And give them the names of the things in the picture. You can also ask your child to point to the objects you name on each page. Especially during childhood, your child may only pay attention to a book for a few minutes, and that's okay. Your child learns the importance of language by drawing attention to pictures and associating words with real-world objects.

Play games with baby:

Another activity that will encourage your child's development is to play simulated games. We learn social rules by studying facial expressions, mimicry and body language. And, not surprisingly, a large part of language is actually learned by imitation. Before they even know the language, babies imitate facial expressions as well as the tones, sounds and volumes you hear when you talk to them.

When they become children, they may say few words, but understand a lot. During this age they actually increase their efforts to imitate. To learn language young children need to imitate what they are hearing around them. Children learn language structure and individual words through imitation. It helps them to expand their vocabulary.

In the first months of life, the baby is able to imitate the facial expressions of the parents. Make eye contact with your baby and show different facial expressions so that your baby can learn to make them too. The more you talk to your baby, the more they will try to imitate the sounds. You will notice that especially after 6 months of age, your baby will start imitating your facial expressions and gestures even more.

Smile at your baby, puff up your cheeks, open and close your mouth, lick your lips and sniff, and move your head up and down. One way you can start teaching your baby facial parts is for example you point to the baby's nose and say "nose". Then touch your nose while saying "nose". You can then ask the child to touch your nose, and give your child the opportunity to do so.

Make gestures like clapping your hands, waving goodbye, putting your hands on your head, or singing a song with animated expressions. The more you clap, shake and share other similar gestures or actions with your baby, the more likely your baby will imitate you and then start performing these actions spontaneously.

Feed the baby with the right cup:

The fifth daily activity is to teach your child to drink from open cups and straw cups, and avoid using sippy cups altogether. There are many benefits to teaching a child to drink from open cups and straw cups. Because of the mechanism by which the baby drinks from these cups, they strengthen the muscles in the baby's cheeks, mouth and lips, and facilitate the development of oral motor skills. All this helps the baby to make sounds during the process of learning to speak.

On the other hand, the mechanism by which children drink while using a sippy cup hinders the development of the muscles associated with speech and articulation, and may actually delay their speech development. Starting at 6 months of age, you can give your baby the opportunity to drink small amounts of water, breast milk or formula daily from an open cup. 9 to 12 months is a great time to introduce straw cups to your baby. If you have a toddler, and you're using sippy cups, it's best to change to straw cups and open cups.

The process of your child's speech and language development will last for many years. By making it part of your daily routine to have face-to-face conversations with your child, recount your day, read, play mock games, and let your child drink from open or straw cups, you can optimize your child's environment for speech. and language development.

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