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Speech Therapy for Toddlers: 5 Great Tips!

Talk about what you’re doing. Speech therapists
call this “self-talk”.When you’re with your toddler talk about what you’re doing, seeing,
eating, touching, or listening to. Keep it short, simple and fun. For example, “I’m washing
the dishes….. Now, I’m drying them… All done.” Or “I see
a doggie. He’s a big doggie!” Don’t expect your little one to repeat you.
Narrating what you’re doing simply gives your child exposure to language and helps your
child understand that talking is fun and functional. Talk about what your child is doing. Speech
therapists refer to this as “parallel-talk”. When you’re watching your child play, talk
about what he or she is doing. Use words your that toddler understands. And remember keep
the sentences short and simple. For example, “You’re building a big tower! Wow!” or “You
threw the ball! Nice throw, Tommy!” Don’t ask too many questions. Asking questions
can make a child feel like you’re testing him and can be overwhelming.
Rather say more simple comments. For example, instead of picking up a toy truck and asking
“What is it?” you could say “That truck is fast.” Pause and wait a few seconds to see
if he says anything. If not add another comment: “I like your truck.” Then after a few comments
you can throw in an open-ended question like: “Where’s the truck going?” Don’t be discouraged
if he doesn’t respond since some open-ended questions can be a challenging word-retrieval
task. Give choices. If you’re toddler isn’t responding
well to open-ended questions then offering a choice may be a little easier. When we give
toddlers choices, we’re telling them that they have some control and their input matters.
Providing choices also encourages decision making and promotes language development.
“Sammy, do you want to play with the boat or the airplane?” Have the boat and plane
in your hands and hold each one up while you present each choice. Offering a choice not
only makes it easier for the child to potentially imitate and repeat, but it also allows the
child to point or gesture if he can’t say anything yet. Expand your toddler’s language. When your
little one starts combining two words, he may say something like: “baby cry” or “mommy
cook”. Take this opportunity to add in the missing words to make it a grammatically correct
sentence. So you could say “The baby is crying.” or “Mommy is cooking.” Thanks for tuning in. I hope this was helpful!
If you’d like to learn more about how to stimulate speech and language in toddlers then please
check out Kim’s website: OR look for her book My Toddler Talks at


  1. My Toddler Talks
    My Toddler Talks June 27, 2013

    Check out my new YouTube video of 5 effective speech therapy for toddlers tips. This video is perfect for parents of late talkers or language delayed children. Visit to learn more about how to stimulate speech and language in toddlers. Sign up for Kim's newsletter to receive a free Speech Therapy for Toddlers Cheat Sheet plus additional tips and resources

  2. My Toddler Talks
    My Toddler Talks July 1, 2013

    Thank you! I hope you like the book 🙂

  3. Terri Randall
    Terri Randall December 2, 2013

    Thank you for posting this. My 16 month old has some hearing concerns and is really behind on her speech. She was supposed to start speech therapy last month but lost her medical insurance so now I can start working with her from home. I will be looking into the book too.

    RAJA SEKHAR N December 14, 2013

    thanks for tips which are very important

  5. Living la vida Aura
    Living la vida Aura February 13, 2014

    Hi hun.. I've liked and Subscribed…

  6. Makkah khadija
    Makkah khadija March 4, 2014

    my 18 month old daughter cant talk im very worried whats should i do?? she babbles and listen when i call her she knows what certain items are but she cant speak

  7. Žika Obretković
    Žika Obretković October 11, 2014

    hi everyone ,if anyone else wants to learn about toddler behavior problems  try Barkola Perfect Parent Blueprint (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my friend got excellent results with it.

  8. lucy lou
    lucy lou October 13, 2014

    already do all these things and have been since he was a newborn and my son is 2+ 2months still nothing!

  9. Medcare Pediatric Group
    Medcare Pediatric Group December 1, 2014

    Thank you for sharing these tips! Really helpful!

  10. raven min
    raven min March 17, 2015

    hi, just to let you know you forgot the letter 'S' after 'talks', so the link to your site didn't work. ^^

  11. LeaIsabella Mode
    LeaIsabella Mode October 25, 2015

    My 3 year old daughter who has speech delays. I followed all the tips here but she keeps on saying… quiet mama or Leise Mama …

  12. Emma Gathoni
    Emma Gathoni January 20, 2016

    hi everyone ,if anyone else wants to discover dealing with toddler tantrums try Loctavan Teaching Toddler Strategy (just google it ) ? Ive heard some incredible things about it and my colleague got great success with it.

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  15. Drazen Vukazic
    Drazen Vukazic April 23, 2016

    I'm not sure but ,if anyone else trying to find out dealing with toddler tantrums try Loctavan Teaching Toddler Strategy (just google it ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my co-worker got amazing success with it.

  16. sharon yu
    sharon yu May 4, 2016

    Nice presentation and I would like to know which software have you used to make this video? My friend would also like to make these videos about her implementation of social work theories!

  17. Teena Toler
    Teena Toler May 26, 2016

    This is very helpful I don't know where to start waiting on a Developmental specialist but my son is 5yrs old and can only say about ten actual words. He understands more than what I think he would. He shakes his head up for yes down for no I reward him when he says a new word if anyone has any advice please help I would really appreciate it😊

  18. Creative Mom
    Creative Mom July 24, 2016

    thank you for the guidance.
    I want to know what can I do to help my daughter who keeps repeating dialogues amd keep talking to herself. she enjoys doing it so much that she totally ignores us. she is almost 4. she is in ASD..
    pls share your ideas and expertise.

  19. Uly'sandEly's MahMah
    Uly'sandEly's MahMah July 24, 2016

    Thank you for these tips. I am concerned my 16 month old toddler is delayed in speech. All he says is "gogo" if we are leaving, "no" of course, a lot of "ah" and "mmmm" and sometimes "da" and a lot of temperamental whining I think because he knows I dnt understand him. He rarely points.

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    UcantHide4eveR's Gaming Channel August 5, 2016

    My daughter is struggling this has been a big help thank you.

  21. jesus hernandez
    jesus hernandez October 9, 2016

    all very helpful

  22. Palmetto Play Care
    Palmetto Play Care October 20, 2016

    Very Helpful!!! Loved it thank you!

  23. Speech Therapy for Toddlers
    Speech Therapy for Toddlers October 30, 2016

    Thanks for this video… was very helpful… Before 12 months of age, babies also should be attentive to sound and begin to recognize names of common objects. from 12 to 15 months babies begin to imitate and approximate sounds and words modeled by family members. From 18 to 24 Months say 50 or more words, and combine two words to make sentences. From 2 to 3 years there's a huge gain in vocabulary, and comprehension should increase a lot as well. If your child isn't using gestures up to 12 months, or prefers gestures after 18 months, or has trouble imitating sounds, these are concerning signs and you must look for treatment for your child… visit…

  24. Dr. Levy
    Dr. Levy February 5, 2017

    I'll use this. thank you

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    Berna Sagcal February 8, 2017


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    anaesthetic rooms April 12, 2017

    it was indeed helpful will try at home my son is 2years 4 months

  27. Mary Quinones
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  28. Aegon Conqueror
    Aegon Conqueror November 4, 2017

    interesting points ,if anyone else trying to find out toddlers and tantrums try Loctavan Teaching Toddler Strategy (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my buddy got amazing results with it.

  29. Swati Mahendru
    Swati Mahendru December 27, 2017

    Innovative and interesting way of presenting so much.

  30. Deepak Arya
    Deepak Arya January 29, 2018

    Very nice

  31. Zayyani Razali
    Zayyani Razali March 12, 2018

    This is very helpful for my second language acquisition examination tomorrow. I wish you all the best in life with your cute daughter! 😉

  32. Aradhana Pathak
    Aradhana Pathak April 7, 2018

    really helpful but some time my son refuse to say any thing and he is about to 3 but can't pronunciate or speak clearly and it makes him and me confuse .

  33. ehwren
    ehwren May 25, 2018

    What could i do if my toddler constantly runs and plays and wont listen enough to try to repeat?

  34. Nichet Tucker
    Nichet Tucker May 28, 2018

    Very good points as an Early childhood educator specializing in 1-3 year olds. I use these tips with my class(although not consistently) I will try to be more consistent and also offer these tips to parents. Thanks

  35. Sumeira Jan
    Sumeira Jan June 14, 2018

    Nice video mam

  36. Sumeira Jan
    Sumeira Jan June 14, 2018

    My baby girl is 5 months +.My mother touch is kashmari.i can not

  37. Oriana Díaz
    Oriana Díaz July 15, 2018

    So beautiful. I am having such a challenge because I'm the only native Spanish speaker for my babies (my babies are Turkish ) and also people speak Arabic here (and hubby and I speak English too ). So,when I'm teaching a word in Spanish, my toddler repeats in Turkish and so on. It's been tough.

  38. Furyy Night
    Furyy Night July 18, 2018

    I have spent months studying how to teach toddler to talk and discovered an awesome website at Talk Fixer Formula (check it out on google)

  39. Natishia June
    Natishia June August 31, 2018

    Really liked this! Tip 5 is where we are…thank you for the awesome information!

  40. Crystal Boucher
    Crystal Boucher October 17, 2018

    My youngest son dont feel the need to talk ever … Just when hes like mom dad mom dad thats it lol

  41. habiba hina
    habiba hina October 30, 2018

    My baby is 2.6years old and hes not talking i m worried

  42. Hockey Girl
    Hockey Girl March 20, 2019

    This is such an amazing video. What a useful tool that many parents need. I am definitely going to implement some of these for my little one

  43. Maryann Sarapanan
    Maryann Sarapanan May 2, 2019

    I need this for my 18 months twins… liked andsubscribed… thank you..❤️

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