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Milestones

Is your baby starting to babble? The 6-9 month age is so fun because you begin to see your child form sounds and some words. Here are some speech therapist tips for speech development at this age·     

 

  • Monitor Hearing
    • Babies learn speech and language by hearing. Monitor your baby’s ability to hear and keep a record of recurring bouts of ear infection. The presence of fluid makes it more difficult for the child to hear, resulting in fluctuating conductive hearing loss. Children should keep all well child appointments and be monitored by their pediatrician to ensure healthy middle ear functioning and good hearing for learning to understand and use speech and language.
  • Play Games
    • Play peek-a-boo, tickling games; sing songs with hand motions and movements (Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Row-Row-Row Your Boat). Encourage pat-a-cake, blowing kisses and waving. Respond positively when your child imitates or initiates the movements that correspond to these activities.
  • Make Eye Contact
    • Encourage and reinforce eye contact and imitation of facial expressions. You can teach this by using “look” or your baby’s name to get them to make eye contact with you. Remember to be consistent with the name that you are asking them to respond to. Avoid confusing your baby by sometimes calling them by a nickname and sometimes by their real name. If your baby doesn’t make eye contact with you, encourage by gently tapping their nose and then your nose.  Respond positively when your baby looks at you while doing this. Move to mirror play and imitation of facial expressions. Smile and giggle with your baby when he/she imitates facial expressions.
  • Direct their Attention
    • Encourage your baby to look toward or at people and familiar items that you name and/or point to. If your baby is not doing this you can help by gently turning their head to look at familiar people and items that you name. Play with bubbles or other toys that require joint attention (blocks, shape sorters, stacking toys), say “look” encouraging your child to look at the bubbles or toys and back to you for more. Respond positively when your child looks at people and items that you call attention to.
  • Vocal Play
    • Engage in repetitive vocal play with your child. Give eye contact and respond with pleasure when your child vocalizes. Imitate your child’s spontaneous vocalizations and take turns with your baby. Act as if your baby’s cooing, vowel sounds or babbling is speech. Imitating your baby’s vocalizations will encourage more vocalizations. Try using rhythmic repetitive words or sounds during toy play to help encourage your baby to babble during play. If your baby is banging a toy, bang another toy as you say “bang, bang, bang” and your baby may try to say “bababa.”
  • Word Play
    • Emphasize fun, double consonant combinations as well as environmental sounds within your natural conversations and play during the day (e.g. “uh-oh,” “mama,” “dada,” wuh-wuh,” “bye-bye,” “boo-boo,” “moo-moo,” “beep-beep”). Play with farm animal and vehicle toys to encourage imitation of these reduplicated syllables. Respond with pleasure when your child attempts these combinations even if they are not perfect.
    • When your baby is babbling, name the object that he/she may be playing with or looking at (e.g. if he/she says “baba” while playing with bubbles, you can say, “Yes! bubbles.”).
  • Read
    • If your baby is beginning to show interest in books, provide board books with durable, easy to turn pages. Look for ones that have a single photograph per page. Enjoy looking at the books with your child and encourage them to pat the items that you name and look at together. Respond positively if your baby vocalizes while engaged in shared reading.  (e.g. if he/she says “ba” while patting the ball picture, you can say “Yes ball”).
  • Minimize Distractions
    • Talk to your child throughout daily routines. Minimize distractions (TV, your music, social media, etc.). When your baby vocalizes give him/her your full attention (make eye contact and give positive reinforcement). Remember that your baby will need to understand words before he/she can say them so be sure to continue to talk in meaningful ways to your baby throughout the day. Tell him/her the names of things he/she is looking at, playing with, touching, tasting. Describe the actions of things he/she is directly involved in.
If you found these tips helpful, visit our Milestone Blog for all tips at this age. For more 6-9 month milestones, visit Milestone Moments: 6-9 Months.