How to make a child talk faster is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand. There must be stimulation that you give to trigger her brain to absorb and repeat the words.
In addition, do not believe the myth that children fail to speak quickly because the child’s body is short (stunting) due to malnutrition. It is not necessarily speech delay directly related to stunting.
Is stunting related to speech delay? That’s not necessarily because the cause of speech delay is a lot. But most often due to lack of stimulation, not because of stunting or lack of nutrients.
The stimulation in question can be in the form of oral, images, and writing. Well, if asked which one will make children talk quickly because they have a lot of vocabulary, then the answer is a combination of oral and written.
How To Make a Child Talk Faster
According to The Red-Aloud Handbook, Reading a Book with Loudness Skyrockets Children’s Intelligence by Jim Trelease, oral sentences in conversations between Mother and child take place in simple sentences. In addition, the average conversation consists of five thousand words per day. Then there’s an extra five thousand more words that we don’t use very often in conversation. A total of 10,000 words is referred to as the General Lexicon.
Well, if You and Your child don’t use these words often, where can you find them? It turned out to be in printed text.
The graph from Hayes and Ahrens, Journal of Child Languange, shows when you read a book (printed text) to a child, you will introduce to them words that are rarely used. This will be especially helpful when school time or when formal learning arrives.
You need to know that we, older persons, use an average of nine rarely used words per thousand words when talking to a three-year-old. This number is three times more in children’s books, even seven times in newspapers.
Then it is dangerous if you only rely on TV and videos from gadgets to trigger children to talk. Because in the two devices, there is no stimulation of speech moving the mouth and examples of words in writing form.
Children who watch TV frequently, listen to a few words, and rarely find printed text at home (at risk) face an enormous word gap that hinders reading progress during school.
The milestones that children must undergo to talk are:
At 12-18 months of age:
- Start saying their first words, but you and other close family members may be the only people who know what these words mean.
- Increasingly enjoy babbling when You talk while showing familiar objects when You name them.
At the age of two:
- Enjoy naming everyday things, such as ‘cats’ and ‘drinking’
- Start understanding and following simple requests, such as ‘Give Your Mother your book’ or ‘Dadaah.’.
- Start having problems with some sounds, for example, they may say ‘eat’ when they mean to say ‘eat’.
On three years old:
- Switch to simple sentences, such as ‘Where’s the cat?’
- Say words and sentences that most strangers can begin to understand.
- Understand most of what older persons say.
- Start using pronouns (I, you, us, them) and some plural.