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Speech therapy for toddlers

Most children develop normally over time and reach the appropriate developmental milestones at the appropriate age. Some toddlers, however, may struggle with key skills, such as speech or language. Speech therapy is recommended in this situation to ease the problem and accelerate delayed speech development.

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Speech therapy is used to help toddlers who are having trouble saying certain words or who are not interested in speaking at all. Exercises are used in this type of therapy to assist the child to improve his or her capacity to talk.

 Speech loss or impairment can be caused by a variety of factors. The child may have experienced severe trauma that caused his verbal process to be delayed, or he may have a genetic abnormality that caused his speech to be delayed and speech therapy focuses on improving and strengthening a child's capacity to communicate.

Speech therapy activities for toddlers

1 Bedtime stories

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Reading to your child every night is a wonderful method to teach him, but when speech therapy is involved, have him read with you. When you're reading a story, point to a picture and slowly repeat the word, encouraging him to do the same. Ask your child what that image is the next time the image appears in the story. This will assist him with recognizing an image and the sounds linked with the word.

2 Coloring time

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Every child enjoys coloring or drawing. Doing this activity with him and linking a word with the drawing is a great method to help him talk. So, if they draw a woman, you say "woman" again and urge him to do so.

3 Singing

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Melodies appeal to children, so encourage them to sing along with you. Slowly sing and pause in the middle to enable your child to fill in the gaps, and praise him when he succeeds. 

4 Mirror exercise

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Children with articulation difficulties frequently have difficulty moving their mouths, jaws, and tongues in the correct positions for speaking. An excellent approach to get around this is to have your child stand or sit in front of a mirror with you and enhance your mouth movements when speaking and make it a game so that your child can recognize his mouth movements.

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