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How children learn to speak


Learning to speak takes time and a great deal of patience. Parents are sometimes alarmed because their two-year-old hardly speaks. Nevertheless, each child has a different rhythm and the process of phonetic coordination is not easy. It also depends a lot on the social environment of the child. If you talk to your child a lot, or he goes to nursery early, he will probably develop language earlier than children who have less social relationships.

The acquisition of language is very important for the social integration of the child and acquiring good phonetic coordination is an essential aspect of fine motor skills, which must be stimulated and closely monitored to guarantee good command of it.

1. In the first months of life. Baby discovers the possibilities to emit sounds, but it lacks the necessary maturity to carry out a systematic emission of any sound. This system will direct the child's attention to the phonation zone and to the movements that adults make slowly in front of him.

A) Yes, by imitation He will come into contact with his environment and will start the path towards the correct emission of words. Meanwhile, the baby will emit syllables and words, which must have a response from the adult, which encourages him to continue with the game of saying things and learning new words.

2. Towards a year and a half. The child does not know many words, but is able to initiate simple language by putting several words together at the beginning and organizing simple sentences later.

3. Between 2-3 years. They increase their possibilities to systematize their language and perfect the emission of sounds. Acquire awareness for the structuring of sentences and make them increasingly complex.

4. At the end of the third year. There are usually some sounds to be perfected and some grammatical and syntactic irregularities must still be consolidated, but at this stage the child can already express what he wants.

5. Between three and four years. The child can speak with a perfect emission of sounds and will have achieved a total command of the speech apparatus. The rest of the linguistic and style maturation process will eventually take place in the course of schooling.

The best way to encourage your child to talk is by talking a lot and asking him to repeat the words. To every word that he emits, answer him. It is also very good to read a lot from a young age and to gesticulate with each word. At first, babies take a lot of interest in the way adults use their mouths to speak and try to imitate it.

Children must be corrected when they mispronounce a word. It is a lot of fun listening to children speak with their 'rag tongue', but they should not be encouraged to keep talking like that. You have to correct them and ask them to pronounce the words well.

Here you have a game to stimulate phonetic coordination:

Each team is given a list of words and some phrases to spell by letters and some by syllables. Each team will accumulate points for each word or phrase spelled correctly. The purpose of this activity is to see what level of mastery each child has of their speech apparatus and for them to see what is the importance of making an effort to obtain good development and learning.

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