Speech begins at birth. The experiences you give your child are incredibly important. You can’t expect a child to talk if they haven’t grown up in a home or spent time with caregivers that talk. If you are inherently quiet, you will have to force yourself to talk more to the benefit or your child or the children in your care. We have the research that proves early experiences shape who a child becomes, and speech is just one part of that. It is the job of the caregivers of that child to model proper speech.
Here are a few tips to should consider, whether you are a parent, becoming a parent or a provider of children:
Don’t get to the point where you are worried about speech because your 3-year-old is still not talking. Get to work as soon as they are born and keep working on it. Do not give up. There are so many things that can be done to combat and prevent speech issues. If you are doing all of these things, and you are still concerned, talk to your child’s preschool teacher, call a speech specialist, talk to your doctor. Educating yourself is the best practice as a parent, teacher or caregiver. The more you know, the more they will know!
Abby Lazarus, M.Ed.
Preschool owner/teacher for 15 years. Bachelors in Child Development. Masters in Early Childhood Studies. Current Doctoral Student.