How to Teach a Toddler to Talk - 3 Tips- Speech Therapy for Toddlers

as a speech therapist there's three main

things that I keep in mind whenever I'm

trying to teach a child something new

anything but especially speech but

anything new I keep these three things

in mind


one simple simplification - motivation

and three repetition let me give you an

example for bubbles let's say very easy

popular activity most people have this

at home first I'm thinking

simplification okay how am I gonna

simplify these words for the child some

words that come to mind are bubbles pop

blow again more please those are really

easy ones right okay so bubbles if my

child that I'm working with is not

talking all baby bubbles is too big

please that's a good one the pl can be

hard the easiest one I can think of is

more and I always use signs with the new

talkers or late talkers so I'm gonna

have them say more I'll blow the bubbles

first and I'll go so I've picked more

ooh and pop I've chosen three words I

simplified the task to three super easy

one syllable sounds with no consonant

blends like PL and please a little bit

hard right and I am too gonna use

motivation I'm gonna get excited about

the bubbles I'm gonna have it near by

but not allow the child to grab it and

just do it all by themselves so one of

the biggest mistakes I see people do and

they do an activity with the child they

let the child get the item before they

can even practice a word so you have the

bubbles okay parent or a teacher you

have the bubbles and do you have it near


more tell me tell me tell me so it's all

in the excitement and the motivation you

have the item they want it right maybe

you don't have bubbles all the time it's

a special activity okay and then

repetition okay that one's pretty

self-explanatory but how many times

Kayla should we say that we repeat

a word as many times as you can really

I'm hoping a toddler typically

developing toddlers have attention spans

of about three to six minutes on their


with an adult guided activity getting

them excited it should be longer with

special-needs children who are behind

that attention span is often even more

limited so ideally as many times as you


I'm trying for at least five times to

practice that more and I'm gonna repeat

the whole sequence exactly the same way

more pop pop pop pop pop lots of

repetitions there right and then I would

do this bubbles activity once in the

morning once in the afternoon there's a

whole nother set of repetition I try and

do it every day and I'd hope that that

child is able to learn more maybe you

and maybe pop to pretty soon after

thanks for watching i'm kayla from

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