Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Baby speech problems

My kid had his share of waking nights until I figured that he loves watching TV. However, this caused a lot of problems later on.

His first words came a bit late, he was one or so. And the doctor told us that too much TV may have caused this. I don’t know whether this is true or not, but when we stopped letting him sit in front of it for too long, everything started to go better.
My first advice to you is – visit a speech and language therapist. There is about one percent chance that there is something wrong with your baby and that he needs a doctor. The one who really needs help is you. Why? To keep your peace of mind. You need someone to tell you everything is fine, so you can go on with your life.
There are some things you can do if you want to speed up the process of speech development.
  • -          Speak to your baby as often as you can. Try not to make any baby sounds, talk just like you talk to an adult. He won’t understand much, but he’ll get used to the changes in your tone, your facial expressions and learn his first sounds. Make a habit of speaking about your day to your baby.
  • -          Read a good night story. Or a good morning story. If you have some pictures in your book make sure your baby sees it. Some babies don’t like it and reading annoys them, so if you notice that stop it and don’t waste your time. Try the next game instead.
  • -          Your baby may be a visual type. So turn off the light and grab a flashlight. As you both lie in the dark, lit one object after another. When you single out one thing, say name it loudly. This can be fun if you make some shades and let your baby look at it.
  • -          Peek a boo. Every baby loves it. If you don’t know what it is, it’s the game when you hide under a bed sheet and pretend you’re not there. Then pop up and say “here’s daddy”.  The baby won’t just learn you are her dad, he’ll learn that things exist, although they disappear from time to time. This is very important in your baby’s progress.

Those are some of the tips we got from our speech and language therapist. There will be more so stay tuned.

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