Raising Little Talkers: How to Support Children’s Language Development

by Louise Castrillo of Mamacademy PH

It’s amazing how babies transition from cooing to expressing themselves through words as they grow.   Toddlers experience vocabulary spurt around 18 to 24 words as they learn to say 50 to 300 words.  

The number of words a toddler can say is one of the language milestones that we, as parents, can use a guide. Language milestones help us know if the child is developing at par with children his age and determine if a child needs more support and intervention. Language development is a crucial part of their growth because it enables children to communicate and express themselves.  

As intentional parents, we want to provide our children with the opportunities and support to grow and develop to their fullest potential. To help us, here is a quick guide to help us support our children ages 0 – 4 years old, as shared by #Familearn: Raising Little Talkers speaker, speech pathologist, and book author Robyn Chua-Rodriguez.

How do Children Learn Language and How Parents Can Help 

 

Your little bub’s brain is like a sponge. Those little pairs of eyes and ears are looking at you and learning from you.   These are the three main ways young children learn new words and expand their vocabulary.

Play

 

We often hear the phrase kids learn by play. Yes, it’s true. Play is not only fun, but it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. Whenever children play, their brains work to make a connection between a person, animal, or thing and connect it to a word. Then, through practice, the children’s representing skill is strengthened, which helps them develop their language. 

TIP: Prioritize play over other learning methods, such as flashcards. 

Interactions

 

We are our kid’s best teachers, not the gadgets or television.   Spending one-on-one time with the kids can encourage active engagement from our kids.

TIP: Using gadgets and watching television is highly discouraged for our young children. However, if we can’t help but let the toddlers watch or play their devices, ensure to select interactive shows and apps.

Modeling

The best way to teach our young ones effective communication is to model it. Demonstrate the two parts of communication – speaking and listening. Do you know why listening is as critical as talking? It is because children it is through listening that they learn and associate the words to their meaning.

TIP: We need to remove things that might distract us.   Commonly these are our gadgets. So, we need to set aside our phones and turn off the laptop. Remember, active listening means being fully present and engaged in the conversation.  

Did you find this blog post helpful? These tips are a sneak peek of the wealth of knowledge and practical tips shared by our speaker, Robyn Chua-Rodriguez.  If you missed this session and are interested in knowing more about language milestones and language-rich activities for 0-4 years old, language stimulation techniques, bilingualism, and speech delay vs. language delay, please message us on our social media. We may organize another session again.

Raising Little Talker is just the beginning of our #FamilLearn series geared towards helping parents support their children’s development.   This April, we are putting together Raising Little Readers to help you encourage your kids to grow interested in reading books.  Watch out for more details soon!


Louise Castrillo wrote this blog; She’s a mom blogger, design show junkie, and a hands-on mom to a preschooler.  She loves twinning with her daughter, making short videos, and tinkering with embroidery.