Often, as the adult in the child’s life, you may not realize how many words your child says. For example, if you have an 18 month-old, you might think, “He/she has 15 words.” I really encourage families to take out a piece of paper and write down all of the different words your child says. The words will vary depending on the context. For example, while reading a book, you might hear words like “dog” or “ball,” but, when you go outside, you might hear, “bird” “tree” and “swing.” If your child has a consistent way they label something, I count that as a “word.” It doesn’t necessarily need to be understood by everyone, but if it’s the same word each time they see the item or are talking about the item, that’s a word for your child. You might be surprised by how many words you hear your child say. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist