3 Easy Steps to Building Early Toddler Communication Skills

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Mother and daughter playing with finger toysOne question that gets asked a lot to new moms with toddlers is, “Are they talking yet?”

I especially get this, as I am a mother of twins to a girl and boy. They are almost two years old and have a lot to say, but people just can’t understand them. My daughter only says “bye” and “baby,” and my son babbles a lot of meaningful sounds like “wah-wah” for the wagon or “bu” for the ball.

Many children vary on when they begin to talk. Usually, though, by two years of age, most children are speaking in 2-3 word sentences.

For twins, it’s common to see a delay in talking and often parents notice something called twin talk, in which twins will adopt a set of unique sounds to communicate with each other and with others. I started getting concerned, as my son and daughter don’t have many single words at 20 months old.

These methods work wonderfully for young toddlers who are late-talkers. If you have a young toddler who is saying very little words, try using these building steps to help with better toddler communication.

O.W.L (Observe, Wait and Listen)

As a stay at home mom to toddlers, time is precious. Rushing around, crossing off items on your to-do list, and thinking about your next job, are all part of a typical day for a stay at home mom. This, however, doesn’t help children with language.

What does help, though, is to be mindful in your daily activities and using OWL helps with this.

By being mindful, you are conscious of every action you are doing, therefore deliberately slowing down your pace around your child.

These steps are taken from the Hanen Approach, an early language intervention centered on providing parents the communication tools to use at home with their children.

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