When a child is nearing 18 months of age, he or she will often begin to say simple words or two-word combinations. It’s important for parents and the child’s primary caregivers to respond positively when this happens. This can encourage the child to continue talking.
Although your 18-month-old may be saying new words, she still relies on nonverbal cues to communicate. For example, if you ask her for a toy, she may demonstrate that she understands you by giving you the toy. Children around this age are also learning how to throw tantrums and how to use whining as a way of communicating what they want. Your child is also beginning to understand that certain actions are naughty or unacceptable, such as biting. You may notice that your child is starting to imitate sounds and movements that he hears from others—especially his siblings and peers—and he’ll often try to copy behaviors he sees on TV or in movies. He’s also beginning to use more words and communicate his needs verbally.
As a parent, it can be hard to know when your child is ready for speech therapy. It can be even harder to figure out which type of therapy they need, and how to go about getting it. To help you answer questions like these, this page lists a few of the most common speech exercises for 18 month old children. If you suspect that your child is struggling with language development or communication skills, you should contact a speech-language pathologist as soon as possible.
Speech exercises for an 18-month-old are intended to aid in the development of language and communication skills. They are targeted toward normal 18-month-old children who have no known developmental delays or disabilities. The main goals of speech therapy for this age group include increasing a child’s expressive and receptive language skills, as well as teaching him how to follow directions. The most common exercises used to achieve these goals include targeting sounds, word repetition, imitation of sounds and words, identifying objects, answering questions, following directions and describing pictures (also called storytelling).
When a child reaches the age of eighteen months, speech therapists begin to focus on helping them develop a wider range of consonants and consonant sounds, as well as learning to use their lips, tongue, and jaw in order to form the various words and phrases they need to communicate.
At 18 months old, your child should be able to say a few words in his or her native language. If you have concerns that your child isn’t talking yet, don’t panic. There are many factors that play into when a child begins speaking, including the child’s family, health, and environment. The most important thing you can do is provide a supportive environment for learning through play with you and others, as well as from other sources like books and music.
The most important thing you can do is read to your child. The books should be clear and easy to understand. If possible, avoid books with words that are similar or look alike. Books with rhymes or repetitions are also good choices because they encourage your child to speak more.