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Between 12 to 36 months most toddlers will start on the exciting journey
of learning the languages around them. They can usually name the people in their family, point to pictures and objects as they are said and experiment with two to four, or more, word sentences. They follow simple instructions and will copy words
that are used by others to express their needs and wants. or just for the fun of talking.
When language does not develop during these times there are many professionals who can help with delayed communication skills and in a YouTube video a Speech and Language Therapist (also known as a Speech Therapist, Pathologist or Logopedist in
some countries) provides five tips for encouraging a toddler's language. Which ones do you feel familiar with?
Activity - Encouraging communication
This activity is all about us! Think about how we make sure we are helping to make effective communication possible.
Sensory story telling
Sensory storytelling uses all of our senses to tell a story that is easy to follow and take part in
Even the most ordinary events can be made more exciting and interesting. Think about:
Going to the toilet – guessing how many strides it takes you or the number of people you will meet on the way.
Getting ready for the next class or going home – making up a story which has ‘and then’ after each ‘event’ until the ending: “and then you will be back at home”.
Working with children who have cognitive impairments (Mencap YouTube video)