Helping your child to talk : WAITING

[Birth onwards]  How long do you give your little one to respond?  By waiting and expecting your baby/toddler to give you some form of communication (a smile, kick, reach or words), you are teaching them that communication is two-way.

Some children need you to wait a bit longer, to give them time to come up with a response. Silently counting to 10 while you look expectantly at them is not ridiculous!

tickle, tickle!!..........

tickle, tickle!!……….

An example is :
Mum – tickle, tickle, tickle!!!!! (WAIT!)
Baby – eventually kicks in excitement for ‘more’

Mum – more or finished? (WAIT!!!!)
Toddler – might push food away or say finished after they realize they have to make a decision

Dad – pink shirt or red shirt? (WAAAIIT!)
Toddler – might reach for or even attempt to copy colour

The key is waiting 😉

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