So your baby has invented a new language, which only YOU understand. Whilst this form of symbolic communication should be applauded, you wish baby could be understood by everyone. And the good news is, there is a simple strategy you could use to gently get your child to approximate his/her words better.
Modelling is when you combine all language stimulation techniques in order to provide your child with a good display (or model) of what they need to say or how they need to say it. At any given time, you as the parent/caregiver should model the correct form of a word or phrase and ensure you speak slowly and consciously.
If for example, your child is begging to sit on your lap/ or to be picked up. One, you could go ahead and pick them up or two, you could model what they should be saying, e.g. “up” before you picked them up. Or if your child mumbles/babbles whilst pointing to a banana, that’s your big chance to model the word “banana”.
When my first two children were beginning to talk at around 11-15 months, I shortened the word “banana” to “nana”; “water” to “wawa”; “thank you” to “ta”; etc. At the time, my husband was rather worried (more with the first child) because he imagined we were raising a child who would need us to teach the mature versions of her “baby talk”. But, if you’re like my husband, I say, “fear not”.
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