- Observe your child: watch what he does and you'll see how much he learns from every toy.
- Provide him with related items: spoons and plates, toothpaste and toothbrush, garage and cars. He'll learn to put them together, beginning to find out how the world works.
- Play alongside him, so the two of you are having fun doing the things he wants to do.
- Give teddy bear tea parties with him as he practises 'pretend' play.
- Help to bath teddy and your toddler will soon learn the words for body parts.
- Dress a doll in her clothes, undress her and put her to bed, as you and your child name all her clothes and even tell her a bedtime story.
- Play with a toy telephone together, pretending to talk to granny. Or do it for real!
- Consider providing a doll’s house. Not cheap, but worth every penny for the hours of pretend play.
- Look at picture books together. The same ones, over and over, help him learn the words.
- Be patient and let him go at his own pace. It's not a race. Give him opportunities and he'll learn unbelievably fast.
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Frances Evesham: on the run around Europe for years, with only a husband, three children and a succession of opinionated cats to keep me out of trouble. Somerset stopped me in my tracks. Now I walk in the country and breathe sea air. I will get around to cleaning the house soon.
I've been a speech therapist, a professional communication fiend and a road sweeper. I sometimes work in the criminal courts to uphold fair questioning of people with special needs.
I smell the roses, lavender and rosemary as I cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other. Writing historical romances and books on communication leaves enough time to enjoy bad jokes and puns and wish I’d kept on with the piano lessons.