Handbook of Language and Literacy Development - a Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months

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Promote Clearer Speech

Continue to model the correct way of saying words that your child has difficulty with. Repeat the correct pronunciation of difficult words. Try putting extra emphasis on the sounds your toddler finds challenging.

Example: Toddler: "poon!" Caregiver: "Yes, that is a ssssspoon!"

Encourage Mastery of Longer Words

Your toddler is likely interested in saying some longer words like helicopter and kangaroo. Hearing clearly all the parts in longer words is an important step towards saying them more clearly and later reading and spelling. Try saying each syllable separately as you model them for your toddler.

Example: "To-ma-to - Tomato!"

Add Describing Words

Use describing words such as colour, size, and shape words when talking with your toddler.

Example: Toddler: "Look!" Truck!" Caregiver: "Wow! Look at that big, white truck!"

Help with Questions

Your toddler is learning how to ask questions. Toddlers who ask more questions also have bigger vocabularies. Observe to see what your child might want to ask and model simple What, Where, and Who questions.

Example: Toddler: (Looking around) Caregiver: "Where's Daddy?"

Talk about Locations

When playing with your toddler or doing household chores and errands together, model words that describe location like in, on, out, under, over, and away. Repeating the words many times during an activity will help your child learn.

Example: Caregiver: “We’ll put the cereal in our cart. There. Now the cereal is in the cart.

Sing Together

Singing with toddlers is a fun way to spend time together and helps them develop listening and speaking skills. Try singing simple action songs like, Teensy Weensy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and do the actions together as you sing.