One of the things that we were told in speech therapy is to make a lot more sounds. The idea is for them to be over the top, enthusiastic and lots of fun. Hopefully these should suck Nick in and he will start mimicking the sounds more to give him the building blocks for talking.
It’s not really me and I have found it hard to do random babbling so trying to do lots of different sounds play with lots of energy and enthusiasm has been a little challenging. Here are ten of the sounds we have found really easy to introduce into our day.
1. Hugs and Kisses
First easy way is with hugs and kisses. When I give Nick a hug I will give him an extra little squeese and go “rrrr”. When we give kisses we do a big over exaggerated sound “mmmmm-mwah”. Nick has also been practising with a big teddy by giving hugs and kissing his nose.
2 Opening Mouth/Teething Cleaning
When we are cleaning Nick’s teeth or just want to open his mouth in general we have been going “ahhhhhh”.
When Nick is finished with his food and drink we are asking him if he wants “mmmmm-ore”
When it’s time to lift Nick we give a big excited “ahhhhhh-p”
5 Pop ups and Bubbles
We have a pop up toy that we can go “pop” when each one pops up. This is even more effective when hiding behind a coffee table and you pop up as well. Or we just blow some bubbles and go “pop” every time Nick pops one.
An easy one for sure, driving toy cars around and going “vvvv-room” and also “beeeeeep, beeeeep” for reversing.
Using his pretend food we are eating lots of yummy foods and going “nom nom nom”. We are even pretending to eat the food when there is some in his story book
When we are playing with faces we will find his nose and go “nnnnnn-ose”
We blow up a balloon and then pull the mouth piece while Nick squeezes it. While the air is making that high pitched squeal it does we are going “eeeeeeeeee”
10 Animals Book
We have a book that has all the animals making noises we are playing with this book at least twice a day. We read through it pressing the animal buttons and joining in with all the noises they make. We also have lots of fun after we have read it, and whichever button Nick presses we have to vocally pretend to be that animal. Nick spends the whole time laughing and has been joining in pretending to be the animals. We also have some word books that we are using is a similar fashion.
It was really hard to exaggerate sounds to begin with, but it’s slowly going starting to become second nature. I just hope I can stop when I get some adult conversion ;P.