I’m not a speech pathologist. Just wanted you to know. This post is written solely on the observation of language development with both of my boys.
From these observations, I have found that learning animal sounds has been extremely fundamental in the beginning language skills of both boys. I know it sounds weird and totally crazy…but it has helped with both boys (and with other children I have casually observed).
Here lately I have been regularly reading farm animal books to Little Brother and trying to get him to say the animal sounds (baa, moo, quack) while we’re reading. From what I remember with Big Brother, his language development really took off after he was able to associate animals with their sounds and verbally attempt to mimic those sounds.
Not only are the sounds important for them to replicate (since many of these sounds are in common words we say), but I think there is a cognitive component as well to communicating when asked, “What does the sheep say?” Your little one must listen, comprehend that you are asking a question, and respond with the correct animal sound. That’s a lot of processing!
Little Brother says just a few words (Mama, Dada, Uh-Oh), so I’m hoping that these “animal” exercises will pay off!