Tips For Your Late Talker
Is your child a late talker? Does he/she not use a lot of words? Here is a list of common first words and ways to get your child to use them during everyday activities:
All gone: Say “all gone” after eating, playing with blocks, putting away toys.
More: Say more whenever you have 2 of something; food, socks, books, laundry, grass, and when anticipating more of something. Withhold more snacks and model “more” before giving more.
Bye-bye: Wave bye-bye to everyone and every animal you see, it even works with toys
Open: model open when opening books, doors, the fridge, tops to toys and other objects.
Eat: Say eat while you eat a meal, before each bite, and to describe what your child is doing.
Go: Make anything go such as cars, running the park, balls, blocks, animals, and start with ready….set….GO!!!
Book: Point to books, read books, hide books, and put blocks on top of books.
Baby: Look at pictures in books, play with baby dolls, point out babies you see.
Car: Move cars around the floor, make them go down ramps, push cars over books
Cookie: Say cookie while eating cookies, put cookies in a jar, count cookies, a doll eats cookies.
Uh – oh: Say “uh-oh” as you drop toys or knock over blocks, or when something falls.
Shoe: Point to shoes, put shoes on, put them on dolls, put toys in shoes
Milk: Say milk while drinking, give pretend milk to stuffed animals, point to milk in fridge
Shhh: Put animals, teddy bears, or dolls to sleep by covering them with a blanket and saying “shhh”
Ball: Bounce balls, roll balls, throw balls – say ball before every turn
To help promote vocabulary building for young children here is a list of a few apps for iPad/phone.
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox by THUP Games: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monkey-preschool-lunchbox/id328205875?mt=8 Good for early vocabulary including colors, shapes and numbers, as well as spatial awareness and matching.
Old MacDonald by Duck Duck Moose: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/old-macdonald-by-duck-duck/id324655784?mt=8 This is an interactive song app that is great to use for sound imitation, nouns, verbs and following directions as well as reinforcement.
Peekaboo! Guess Who? by Bacciz: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peekaboo!-guess-who/id432212423?mt=8 This is a great app for auditory attention and auditory-visual matching.
My First Words – Flashcards by Alligator Apps: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-first-words-flashcards/id443902005?mt=8 Good set of vocabulary flash cards
Information gathered from http://www.speechtherapytalk.com/About-Me.html and http://thespeechroomnews.com/2012/04/apps-for-late-talkers.html
Michelle Morgado, M.S. CCC-SLP