Encouraging Language

Encouraging language at home is so important. The most difficult part of a speech or language delay is the frustration it causes the child. When they cannot communicate what they want, they get upset or angry. And who can blame them! I have three children aged 8, 5 & 2. My 8-year-old son started proper talking around 16 months old. His words were crystal clear and by 2 he was stringing 5+-word sentences together. He never stopped talking (and still doesn’t)! I always read to him but didn’t do anything special to encourage language.

My 5-year-old son struggled with language. At his 2-year-old check-up, he was referred to a speech therapist.  At that time, he could say, mama & dada but the rest of his words were way off! He called his “piggy” “oon-yo-yo.” And other words were similarly distorted. I took a parents course about encouraging language for your child and we started seeing a speech therapist. Today, my 5-year-old is full of chat!

When I became pregnant with our daughter, I thought to myself that she won’t have any speech issues because I will apply all of the techniques I used to help our 5-year-old. But, I was wrong. Despite using the techniques from a very early age, at her 2-year-old check-up, she was also referred to a speech therapist. She is much further ahead than her brother was at 2. She has some cl