How can I help my child to start talking? (12 to 30 months) 

Health visitor Sara Patience talks about the things you can do to help your child start talking, including giving them lots of time to answer questions.

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Transcript of How can I help my child to start talking? (12 to 30 months)

How can I help my child to start talking?   Sara: “You want this one? Between 12 months and two-and-a-half years, there is a lot of language development, and you will hear your child start to use more and more words.   You can help them by sitting with them, playing with them, talking to them, but by two, you should be hearing two words together.   The more you talk to your toddler, the more they will learn. They love to imitate and they'll want to imitate what you say. That's how they learn to speak.   So talk to your toddler as much as possible. Talk to them about the daily routine. Talk to them about what you're doing.   Talk to them when you go out and about things that you see. You might need to use shorter, simple sentences, so that they can hear the words clearly, and they know what you're saying.   When your child starts to talk, it's quite common they don't say the word properly, so they might say "ca" instead of "cat" but what you need to do is say the word back to them properly.   So, don't correct them, but you can say, "Oh, yes, it's a cat" and let them hear what you're saying.   It's better not to have on the telly or the radio, not to have noises in the background that are distracting them, so when you speak to them, they can hear you clearly, and clearly hear the words that are being said. Give them time to answer. They might need time to think about their answer, so just wait and give them time to speak.”

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