Helping Toddlers Learn to Use Their Words

A big part of communicating with toddlers is by interpreting their body language. Try to encourage your child to use her words.

When your toddler is gesturing, make sure you communicate back to him with words expressing what he’s trying to convey. “Oh! You want to play with that ball—OK!”

When your child shows an emotion, acknowledge it with words. 'I can see you are very sad. I’m sorry.” Soon your little one will learn to associate feelings and desires with words.

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