How can I help my daughter's speech?

Research shows that one of the best ways to help your child’s speech is to narrate your daily activities. Describe what you are doing and point and label everyday objects and actions. Doing so will not only expose your daughter to new vocabulary, it teaches her that words are used to communicate needs, ideas and desires. Reading books to your daughter is another great way to expand her vocabulary and encourage her to talk more. Try not to compare your daughter’s speech to other 2-year-olds, as there is a lot of variation in children’s speech at this age. In the next year her vocabulary will continue to grow, and by the time she is 3, she will have a working vocabulary of 200 or more words. By this point she will not only be able to carry on a more sustained, sophisticated conversation, but you will be able to understand most of what she says.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.