The August Blog is focusing on the delayed speaker. This is the young child who is 19-24 months, with little or no expressive language. Firstly, is there a medical history of middle ear involvement? Fluid build up in the middle ear during this crucial language learning period could prevent a child from hearing clearly possibly delaying imitative speech production. Does the child relate to others? Do you note appropriate eye contact? Does the child have receptive language skills or do they follow your commands; go get you sneakers and bring me your coat. Is intricate gesturing being substituted for expressive language? Do you note frustration?
Are there a minimum of 50 nouns being used regularly? Consult your pediatrician and ask if a Speech/language Pathologist should do an evaluation?
Language Stimulation Activities in the Home for this Age Group:
It is important to establish vocalizing as a means to obtain wants. Any object given to your child should be coupled with its name repeatedly as it moves closer to them. Move the juice closer and closer, voicing juice each time you move it. Eventually, the child will start to use his/her voice to increase the movement of the item. Do this with push toys, doors that open and any cause/effect item.
Often second and third children have little need to verbally communicate because their siblings speak for them. Take notice of playtime and your home environment. Do you need to give your youngest a turn to communicate or perhaps let a sibling know that he/she must allow someone else to take a turn. The older sibling is protecting his brother or sister by meeting his needs so this must be handled delicately but definitively.
Language stimulation for this age group on the IPad can begin with the App, NightyNight. The animals all say “good night” and the lights all get get turned off.
Enjoy and feel free to call with questions.