Children all grow and develop at different rates and the same is true with their speech and language. There are many ways you can help your child with communication.
Learn what you can do to encourage your child’s language development, as well as how to spot if they may need some extra help.
How do babies learn to talk?
Babies and toddlers learn by observing and listening to those around them. Talking to and interacting with your child from birth onwards is crucial to their language development. Your baby is developing their language skills long before they are able
to talk. Babies usually start babbling from around 6 months and most say their first word between 10 and 15 months. In the early stages of language development,children understand more than they can communicate themselves.
How can I help my toddler with language development?
There are many things you can do everyday to encourage your toddler to talk and learn more words:
Is my child’s language development normal?
There is no set age at which a child should start talking. However, knowing some language development milestones can help you decide whether you should speak to your doctor about your child’s speech.
Most babies say their first word by the time they are 15 months old. Language develops rapidly during the toddler years, most often following these milestones:
From 18 months to 2 years:
From 2 - 3 years:
If your child is not talking by the age of 2 years, is not using simple sentences by 3 years, has trouble following directions or has a limited vocabulary for their age, speak to your child’s doctor. They can advise whether your child needs a speech and language assessment.
Many children with a language delay will catch up on their own, but those with an underlying issue may benefit from earlier intervention rather than waiting to see. Possible causes of language delays can include intellectual disabilities and hearing impairments. Language delays may also be a sign of autism spectrum disorder.
How can I help my child who has a language delay?
It is important to seek an assessment and guidance from your child’s health professional. At home you can try teaching your child toddler sign language or using a speech assistant app, such as Fabulaa, to help overcome communication challenges.
What is Fabulaa?
Fabulaa is a FREE mobile app which uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology. Fabulaa is designed to help people of all ages, from children to adults, who face communication challenges.
The Fabulaa communication app can be used as a speech assistant to convert text to speech or by clicking on image cards, words or phrases to activate voice output. It can also convert speech to text.
Fabulaa is customizable with colourful visuals and engaging features. Fabulaa is the most affordable and accessible AAC app in the GCC and is currently available in five languages.
Download it today www.fabulaa.app