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Top 3 reasons why your kid may start to talk late

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For a mother it is very special when her kid utters her first words, however not speaking according to her age or late talk can become a reason for great concern and stress for the mother. Visits to doctors and family advices like boys tend to speak late or wait till the age two can provide some amount of solace and patience. However getting informed about certain pointers regarding why a kid may start to talk late will help mothers to work on ways to prevent it. Read on to know reasons and how you can avoid them.

Top three reasons why your kid might start to talk late:

    1. Not enough reading to or speaking with the kid:
      Try and inculcate a habit of reading to your kid. Use picture books as they attract the attention of a kid due to the presence of large images and contrasting colors also it allows your kid to point and name familiar objects. No matter your infant cannot understand a word you read but the habit of listening what you speak will encourage your kid to make connections and talk.


    1. Less one to one conversation time due to older siblings:
      Due to the presence of an older sibling mothers might not be able to give much conversation time to their younger one. Talk your baby throughout the day, try including your younger one in the chores you do for instance “I am opening the almirah and taking out dad’s clothes”; “I am tying the laces of your older brother”. Also be interactive during bed time, changing diapers or during meals.


    1. Multilingual family or different dialects of the same language:
      If your kid is born and brought up in a multilingual family, that is, people belonging to different language background then the kid will take longer time to talk. This is because your kid might hear different dialects which might hinder the understanding the sounds and what to speak and how to speak.

To cope up with these issues you can adopt following methods:

    1. Use Simple language: Narrating is good to encourage speech in your child, it might sound weird but listening speech constantly will help your kid to formulate speech and language easily.


    1. Positive reinforcement: adopt a rewarding strategy whenever your kid speaks instead of just pointing to the things around reward your kid either praise the kid or a small gift.


    1. Use speech to match gestures: Using speech to match the gestures of your kid will help the kid to make the necessary connections thereby encourage her to speak for instance if a kid points to a cup of juice then say that “ oh you want a cup of juice” and then hand over to her.


    1. Aided Communication: use equipment or tools to foster communication such as photo, pictures, symbols, communication boards, speech generating devices.


    1. Talk level above her own: if your kid is speaking three words then talk in 4-5 word sentences however make sure you don’t use complex sentences.


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