9 Ways to Get Your Toddler Talking

It’s a whole new world when your toddler starts talking—so that’s what they’ve been thinking about all this time! Here are some ways to encourage your little one to get those words going, as recommended by a pediatric speech therapist. As you know, all kids are different and they develop at their own pace. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your little one’s development.

Use Sign Language

a dad using sign language

Baby sign language has been shown to help children develop stronger verbal skills sooner. It might seem counter-intuitive, but using signs can help little ones communicate, and the excitement they feel about that actually encourages them to talk.

Start with a few signs—try the ones for words you might use frequently like “more,” “all done,” and “baby”—and incorporate them into your daily routine. Always say the word as you do the sign, and repeat both the sign and the word frequently.

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About Katie Quirk Dunyon

I'm a married mom of two living in Seattle, WA. I have a seven-year-old little boy, a first grader! He's a fairly reserved kid and all about Legos and building sets. I also have a little girl who turned three at the end of February. She's a tiny thing but a big ham; we call her our clown. They're a lot of work but also a ton of fun. I love to eat, cook, and run (in that order). But at the end of the day, give me a spot on the couch and a little bit of TV or a good book, I'm done!
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