In this video, we talked about the three times rule when motivating word imitation. You can pause and prompt three times at a time, but then help your child and move on! This will prevent loads of frustration for both yourself and your child.
Take a look at the early developing sounds list in your workbook. This is great to add to your collection of printouts on your fridge! It will help you to choose words that are easier for your child to say when starting out.
Before you move on…
In your workbook, you’ll find a page that will help you track your child’s progress, as well as help you to think of simple words using sounds that they can already make. Print it out if you want to have a visual reminder on your fridge or noticeboard.
While it is common for toddlers to mispronounce words, it is not common for children to have extreme difficulty.
As a caregiver, what you can look out for if you are concerned?
- Little to no babbling as an infant
- Uses gestures/pointing more often than words
- Difficulty imitating sounds, words, unfamiliar words, multi-syllable words
- Difficulty combining words
- Inconsistent errors (i.e., the same word comes out in different ways)
- Monotone speech / robotic speech
- Difficulty with vowel sounds (i.e., hat sounds like hot)
- Difficult to understand
- Difficulty with singing
- Tries to say something but nothing comes out
If you are noticing these types of behaviors, talk to your speech-language pathologist about the possibility of a motor-speech disorder like childhood apraxia of speech.
Read more about motor-speech disorders like Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) if you feel it may be appropriate.