What to do if your baby isn't talking yet

What to do if your baby isn't talking yet

No words?

Time to start helping your little one to imitate exclamatory words! They count as first words too!

So what are those?
Exclamatory words are fun little words full of emotion that we use to exclaim a feeling about a situation. Examples are “wow”, “uh-oh” or “oops”. They’re said with a lot of excitement in the voice and are often vowel-heavy, making it easier for kids to imitate.

Exclamatory words are great for children to learn because:
✅ they’re fun to say
✅ they help children to connect verbalisations to meaning
✅ they’re easy to say and get an opinion across quickly
✅ you can say them in any routine or play during the day

Examples for you to model:
Uh oh!
Ouch!
Wee!
Achoo! (Sneeze)
Mmmm!
Yuck!
Yay!
Wow!
Yum!
Ta-da!
Shhh!
Boom!
Crash!
Awww!
Oops!
Huh?
Oh!
Weeee!

Today when you’re playing or talking to your child, see if you can work some exclamatory noises into what you say. E.g. saying “ow!” As you drive a little car into your knee. Or “weeeee” as they slide down the slide.

Repetition is key!! Also imitate any sounds that your little one tries to make too!

You’ll be communicating together in no time!

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