Does your child say “wabbit” instead of “rabbit” or “thun” for “sun” or even “lello” for “yellow?” These are common speech sound substitutions. Instead of making them say it again (this could have the opposite impact and actually cause them to talk less), model the correct production. Be encouraging and always wait for them to finish their message. If another person has difficulty understanding your child (this is very common for toddlers), once your child is finished talking and the communication partner has given you a cue that they didn’t quite understand the message, you can say, “Charlie loves to play with trains.”
Using the correct words for objects and actions is one of the best ways to teach your child the correct word. If your child says “wawa” for “water” (is a common process for children under 2 and age-appropriate for children under 2), when you give it to them, you’ll say, “Here is your water.” The more your child hears the correct terms for the vocabulary in their environment, the more likely they will use it correctly.
~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
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