How to teach children to talk

Community Based Rehabilitative Services is one of the many services that Partners In Learning offers.  Simply put, we have developmental specialist that visit families in the home and work with the parent and child toward a developmental goal.  Many of the children that I work with have the goal to communicate or learn to talk.

Today, during one of my visits the mother, child and myself were playing in the floor in the child’s bedroom with her toys.  This child is two and a half years old and has no language at this point and can be difficult to engage.  We were pretending to cook and constantly using the words stir and egg.  Me and mom continued to pass the pot to each other pretending to stir and eat the “egg”.

We continued our play for about 15 minutes. At one point the child began saying  “ee” for egg.  The mother was so excited and looked up at me and said. “so this is how you teach children to talk, by playing with them?”.  I said absolutely, play is a child’s work.  Play is how they learn!

How do you teach a child to talk?  Play with them and talk lots during play.  Use repetition in the words you use.  It’s really that simple!

Norma W. Honeycutt, Infant Toddler Family Specialist