With regards to your toddler with Childhood Apraxia of Speech who’s learning how to speak, below are some links that can give you some ideas on what to do at home. Toddlers have a wonderful sense of humour, and revel in all things ridiculous. Use this to your advantage to model funny sounds for them to repeat. Examples of this are “Uh oh!” if something falls to the ground or someone passes gas, or “Boo!” when they are found in hide and seek, or “Whee!” when sending off a pullback car or something down a slide, or “Ta da!” on completing a puzzle or finding a hidden toy. More examples are “Oh no!” if a toy gets “hurt”.
Ensure you have your child’s attention when you are expecting them to listen to you. By talking about things they are already attending to, you will have their attention and make the word relevant to something they are already interested in.
In addition to teaching children how to say new words, parents are also building rich language. Use complex sentences and descriptive vocabulary to tell them about what you are doing or seeing together. Do this without the expectation that they will repeat after you. And remember, lots of repetitive practice and “Nice, Clear Talking”.
Here are some links to help you: