There are lots of things you can do to encourage your child at this stage:
- Sing nursery rhymes with actions like ‘incey-wincey-spider’. Play games like ‘pat-a-cake’ and ‘peek-a-boo’. These connect words to actions and help your child to understand and remember words. Games with 'more' or ‘again' can also help attention and communication.
- Toys and objects that make a noise, noisy books and tapes help children's attention and listening skills.
- Talk to your child about what you are doing, such as 'Mummy is putting shoes on'. This will help them to connect words to the world around them.
- If your child is pointing at something, tell them what it is. If they try to say the word, say it back to them.
- Name the objects your child sees. This could be their toys, clothes, parts of their body or household objects. The more your child hears a word, the quicker they will remember it.