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Helping A Child With Speech Delay - A Mother's Role

Krishnakali Basu
1 to 3 years

Created by Krishnakali Basu
Updated on Apr 09, 2018

Helping A Child With Speech Delay A Mothers Role

Every parent is eager to hear his child’s first words and the baby babble turn into actual words. However, some children take longer than others to start actually talking. And that’s fine, because the pace at which speech develops in individual children varies. Read on to find out more about speech delays and what you can do to help your child.

Speech Delays And Speech Therapy - Tips to Tackle 

Speech therapy is an intervention that focuses on improving a child’s speech and abilities to understand and express himself, through verbal and nonverbal language. Speech therapy includes:

  • Coordinating the mouth to produce sounds to form words and sentences
  • Understanding and expressing language

 

Ideas For Parents To Overcome Speech Delay

As a mother of a child with speech delays, I would like to emphasize on how a parent can help in improving or developing speech in a child:

  1. A mother knows her child the best, the intuitive connection that they have can lead to miracles. An advantage that a mother has is the amount of time she spends with her children. So the whole day she can talk and talk and talk
  2. The key in helping a child is to make him/her play with you. This is the first step in helping the child how to communicate. Until a young child gains the desire and ability to connect with parents in mutually enjoyable experiences, his/her chances of learning to communicate remain slim
  3. Moms goal is to woo the child, to pull him/her in, to make him /her to connect with you more than anything else. A child who is not sitting, but is roaming around, for that particular child, the mother has to change her approach. You can sing a little song, say a little rhyme and the child might stop in what he is doing to listen. The initial goal is to engage the child initially for a few minutes, but first and foremost make him sit down to look at you and then sit with you. If the child doesn’t listen or look at his mom, then the mom should keep on doing or talking to herself without paying attention to the child, till the child looks up or comes to her. Once the child has the mother's attention, she can pick up some object and keep on repeating what it is, holding it in her palm and getting the child to hold it as well and repeat
  4. Words to be used have to be short and simple and audible. Voice modulation is also important here to make the child connect with what the mom is saying
  5. The different games that I had played which worked with me was Give me five. Hold your hand up in front of the child and say give me 5! Involve others as well and keep repeating; peek-a-boo: I covered my head with a blanket and would say peek a boo and then uncover my head. repeat and repeat; I expanded the game into hide and seek and say "Where is mummy" or "Where is papa" and I involved grandparents, domestic help etc. as well. But play only as per the liking of the child, keeping in mind that the child doesn't get overwhelmed
  6. When I would open a bag in front of my child, I would say OPEN and when I zipped the bag up, I would say CLOSE, and kept on repeating and repeating and asked family members to do the same
  7. A child who has to be taught word by word, the only two things that are required are patience and repetition. I remember pre-planning before; I would start with something to not lose patience. Suppose, I wanted him to know the word teddy then I would keep a toy teddy in front of me or a picture of a teddy, an engraving of a teddy in a cup or a souvenir of a teddy and take all the variations and went on repeating teddy. I have done this with most of the objects which, at that point of time, I felt is essential for him to know so that he has a list of vocabulary in his kitty. This requires patience
  8. If I picked up four words in a week, I would repeat them for few days and after the child mastered the meaning I would add more words. When I taught him the word water, I would keep variations--for e.g.: water, bottle water, tap water, rain water etc.
  9. Another game I played was knock on the door. I had another members of family to say who it is and gradually I enhanced it involved people and the child concerned too. But all the games I played with my child were first demonstrated to him, repeated and only after that he would take notice and get involved
  10. Once the child knows what is what, add on little sentences. For e.g.: If a child knows what an airplane is and what sky is, take a toy plane and ask him what flies in a sky, or with a toy bird that who flies in the sky and has wings
  11. Another herculean task was to make my child learn the word yes. I had to teach him the word literally after he learnt to speak otherwise it was no no no. What I did was when it was his time to eat a snack I would bring in a biscuit and say "Mummy wants biscuit", yes, mummy will have it!" and then ask him if he wanted the biscuit and then I would ask "yes?" I had to work on the word yes for months
  12. Another game that I played was matching: I would get a pair of glasses, bowls, anything that I could have my hands on and would put them side by side and say "same same" would get two identical toys and say "same same" and repeat. Then I moved on to matching object to picture and picture to object. I had taught matching the colors too. Before naming them, I would take two blue counters and ask him to match them, took two yellow counters and would ask him to put yellow on yellow and demonstrate without saying this is red or blue or green. I would take colored blocks and gems and demonstrate by putting red gem on red block and wait for him to do the same
  13. Misunderstanding of pronouns is a huge red flag. A child while being taught pronouns should know genders. I would point at our pet and say "Gullu is a boy" and point at his sister and say "Pooja is a girl"
  14. Negation is another important aspect. It means understanding 'not', like this is 'not' papa this is uncle. Books on opposites are easily used for this goal
  15. Toy trains have worked for me in order to teach first, middle and last concepts
  16. In order to teach numbers, I have used large number floor mats and alphabet mats and asked the child to hop to number six, then two, then to some other number, but before this I would make large cut outs of numbers and repeat them to my child and also pasted them with washable glue on my door

 

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| Apr 30, 2018

Thank you Krishnakali. This is very useful information. I will definitely try this out. My daughter is 2. 3 yrs old, however she doesn't speak. She can understand everthing, but speaks very few words like Hi or Bye only as per her mood. So I am going to try this out. Thanks

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| Apr 23, 2018

great

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| Apr 23, 2018

FF. g

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| Apr 23, 2018

I'm

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| Apr 16, 2018

wow... this blog was of great help! i have been doing a lot of things mentioned here... but was not sure if i was on right track! thanks a ton n yea most important thing is ...keep patience!

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| Apr 10, 2018

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| Mar 30, 2018

my son is 4 year old but doesn't start talking much. he don't say any rhyme or alphabets. he just say the words which he wants like ball, food, amma etc

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| Jan 10, 2018

my son having itching problem since from one year & now he is 18months. i hv consulted to doctor also they are saying it is allergy. how should cure it.

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| Jan 10, 2018

my son having itching problem since from one year & now he is 18months. i hv consulted to doctor also they are saying it is allergy. how should cure it.

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| Jan 10, 2018

my son having itching problem since from one year & now he is 18months. i hv consulted to doctor also they are saying it is allergy. how should cure it.

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| Dec 18, 2017

hello all. last year we found that our kid had some speech issues when he was around 2. 5. then we involved ourself lot with him,he joined play school n lots of other things. now at this stage he started saying clearly mumma papa dadi n use to repeat everything what ever we say but not that clear. his receptive becomes so strong but expressive is not that ok. may b this is due to his speech delay. he is still not able to make the sentences. kindly advise what additional activities we can do with him for his betterment. we are so worried for him.

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| Nov 24, 2017

thank you

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| Nov 09, 2017

Thanks

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| Nov 01, 2017

Thank u for ur information. Hope it works....

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| Nov 01, 2017

Thank u for ur information. Hope it works....

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| Oct 18, 2017

really helpful

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| Oct 18, 2017

really helpful

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| Oct 12, 2017

thanks its very informative.

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| Sep 30, 2017

very informative

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| Sep 30, 2017

thankyou very much...

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| Aug 02, 2017

Thank u

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| Aug 02, 2017

Thank u

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| Aug 01, 2017

thank u puloma pandey

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| Jul 18, 2017

thnk u puloma pandey

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| Jun 21, 2017

My 2. 5 yr son speaks alot now though not very clear. But have noticed he speaks like a person having stammering speech. How should i taje it? Is it possible to show it's signs in so early age? Please help

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| May 16, 2017

amazing really good information

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| May 06, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Apr 18, 2017

informative article.... hope it will work

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| Apr 18, 2017

thanks a lot,very nice information

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| Apr 07, 2017

Thanks a lot for this article.

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| Apr 07, 2017

very nice

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| Feb 25, 2017

A very good n informative article ....liked it

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| Feb 25, 2017

I want my solution

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| Feb 25, 2017

good article

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| Feb 25, 2017

Nice Article

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| Feb 15, 2017

Awesome

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| Feb 15, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Jan 30, 2017

thank you. blog helped alot for me

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| Dec 17, 2016

Thanks ji

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| Dec 14, 2016

Thnx for blog... i think it is very helpfull for me

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| Dec 10, 2016

informative .

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| Dec 10, 2016

hey my baby is 1 year 7 month and she is not putting weight what food i can give her for proper weight gain

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| Dec 03, 2016

valuable article

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| Nov 25, 2016

Hi I have been using certain developmental growth and monitoring apps to keep a check on my child growth. my had speech delay. I am using Kidnurture app . I started doing this when my developmental pediatrician suggested me to be proactive and use it. I have started sharing the pdf analysis report generated by the app. Tt has helped me address my concerns I suggest every parent to use such tools preferably kidnurture.

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| Nov 14, 2016

Thanx its very helpful for my kid as she too facing delay activity...

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| Oct 13, 2016

very useful thanks !!

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| Oct 12, 2016

much needed.. thanks

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| Sep 29, 2016

very useful.... thanks

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| Sep 25, 2016

i liked your blog, its help me so much .

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| Sep 25, 2016

very nice and informative

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| Aug 31, 2016

very useful article

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| Aug 22, 2016

1 and

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| Aug 20, 2016

Hieeee..... I'm doing the same way..... she understand very well nd shell repeat the word......

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| Jul 01, 2016

I am doing everything like this.. he can easily understand wot i am saying.. he is quickwitted.. but he is not trying to talk.. i mean he talk more than 50 words nd can say dad gone.. grandma gone.. dove gone.. rain falling.. mom come... but he is 2 years now... so i am concerned... he repeats everything spontaneously after watching my gestures nd knows how to call each one according to their age.. is he have speech delay??

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| Feb 20, 2016

Very useful. My daughter says one syllable only ca for cat do for dog , to for toe and no for both no and nose.. ba for ball or balloon. she is two now

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| Feb 01, 2016

Very intellectual ideaa

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| Jan 31, 2016

Brilliant ideas...

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| Jan 29, 2016

Thanks..... good ideas

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| Jan 29, 2016

Thanks..... good ideas

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| Dec 12, 2015

Very useful mam ... Thanks for sharing.

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| Sep 30, 2015

Thank you... worth reading

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| Sep 30, 2015

Here is an experiential tip from a mommy who has been through this-please be patient-your child will speak, talk, read story books, take a walk in the park and show the child birds and trees by calling out the names, spend time and more time , if you have paucity for time then use the time that you have constructively and make the most of what you have, best to make a plan of objects/words to cover week by week.. most of all believe that your child will speak soon... leave anxiety outside t entrance to your home

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| Sep 19, 2015

Thanks Krishnakali, its very helpful for a lot of parents who are looking for practical things to do everyday with children with delayed speech.

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| Sep 19, 2015

Stupid blog ever ive seen

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| Sep 19, 2015

Stupid blog ever ive seen

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| Sep 19, 2015

Thanks for the helpful blog. My daughter too is having a delayed speech. She babbles too much but speaks little depending on her mood. We stay alone here without our family so she feels a bit sad for that. We take her to our friends homes and parks so that she can mix with people and talk but still it's very slow. She isn't much expressive. If she wants something and doesn't get it she cries for that instead of asking that particular thing. I am bit worried for that. She is getting cranky. Please help.

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| Sep 18, 2015

there are two capacities,a receptive capacity and an expressive capacity,parents hav to make sure first that a child is proficient in the receptive part first.

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| Sep 18, 2015

each child has his and her own time to bloom,own pace to bloom but yes for speech development i guess the mothers intuitions r very crucial,nowadays mothers get carried away by wat others say... pls go by your instincts......

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| Sep 18, 2015

That's really helpful. Some of the tricks I do with my 15 months old baby and now he is pretty good with them like give the mobile to your papa,keep the bowl inside the cupboard etc. But I haven't taught my baby to say yes(non verbally) as he cannot speak clearly now. So, I will try your trick. Thanks for that

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| Sep 18, 2015

My son is 1. 6 yrs old. he is not learn to speak.. Only few words he spoke. plz guide me what to do? This age is right to speak or not? At what age I have to worry?

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| Sep 18, 2015

AKY- if the child is expressing even in monosyllables/single words by an age of 16-18 months is fine, but in case this doesn't happen till the child is 22-24 months, then it may be a case of speech delay.

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| Sep 17, 2015

Informative thoughts... I hv a question.. by when shud v realize that a kid is slow in speaking.. I mean approx. Wat age

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