Play is considered to be a developmental skill because it is a natural activity that children do. If a child does not play then it can be a sign that his or her language skills are delayed. The reason is because play is a representation of a child’s language skills. This is just one of the many reasons why play is important. Some research also suggests that play and cognition are interrelated. The more advanced a child’s play skills are, the more developed his cognitive skills may be.
Since toddlers love one on one time with parents and family members, try to make it a priority to include a fun activity for at least 30 minutes each day. If 30 minutes is too much due to busy schedules, break it up into smaller chunks of time. Get the entire family involved in play to make your efforts at increasing your toddler’s speech and language skills effective. Be sure to introduce your toddler to new vocabulary words, action words, and teach him or her about taking turns. This is how you can build your toddler's speech and language skills.
Check back next week to find out how to play with your child to build toddler speech and language skills. He will never know you're trying to help him learn. Play is a powerful strategy!
To learn more speech and language tips to help your toddler talk and communicate faster, be sure to check out my book on Amazon Kindle, Talking With Todders - 52 Tips to Boost Speech and Language Skills.