How to teach your toddler to talk – Event for parents

A free workshop to help parent of toddlers is taking place next Wednesday at Brookvale.

How to Teach Your Toddler to Talk will be presented by paediatric speech pathologists Brenna Donovan, Hannah Pemberton and Vickie Leung.

How to teach your toddler to talkAccording to Brenna Donovan, speech is a toddler’s most powerful tool.

“Learning to talk is a huge thing for very young children,” she said.

“Verbal communication not only allows children to express their wants and needs, but also gives them new opportunities to interact with others.”

“It’s important that parents and teachers know how to encourage the healthy development of their child’s speech so that their child has the ability to learn and grow in an age-appropriate way.”

Hannah Pemberton is an experienced early language therapist and says that many parents are unaware of the speech and language milestones that match their child’s stage of development.

“Most babies start to use words at around 12 months of age,” Hannah said.

“Between the ages of one and two, toddlers experience a huge development and most typically developing children triple the number of words they can say.”

“Half of a two year old’s speech should be understood by family and friends, and by the time a child is 4, unfamiliar adults should be able to understand at least 75% of what a child says.”

Speech pathologist Vickie Leung is the former director of the Multi-Lit Literacy Centre at Macquarie University and will also be providing advice to parents at the workshop.

“Many toddlers have difficulty saying sounds correctly all the time,” she said.

“Some words are more difficult than others for children to say, so they may make some sound errors for example, they might say “tat” for cat or “pam” for pram.”

“If a child doesn’t grow out of these errors naturally, it can impact on their later literacy, so we want to make sure that parents and teachers know what is appropriate and what is not so that northern beaches children get the support they need.


How to Teach Your Toddler to Talk, is part of Kids First Children’s Services’ free Community Service Seminar program.

The two hour evening seminar will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 July at the Chairman’s Lounge, Brookvale Oval, Alfred Street Brookvale.

Tickets are free, but bookings are essential.

For more information, call Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419. Free on-line bookings can be made at www.kids-first.com.au/toddlertalk

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Author: Laurice Klaire

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