There are lots of things you can do to encourage your child at this stage:
- Adding words to children's sentences can show how words fit together. For example, if your child says 'dolly hair' you can say 'brush dolly's hair’.
- Often children enjoy helping. Sharing daily jobs gives a chance to talk about objects and actions.
- Use puppets and pictures to help children listen to stories. Don't be afraid to tell a story more than once. Repetition helps children to understand and remember words.
- Give your child the correct example for sounds and words. This helps if they are having problems saying a certain word or sound. If you correct them or make them say it again, you can make them feel anxious. Simply repeat what they have said using the right words and sounds. With time they will be able to do it themselves.
Olivia is 2 years old, going on 20. Suzanna is her mum, and talks about how she supports Olivia's speech and language.