Expanding Language Skills in the Home Environment for Toddlers


  • Increase length of utterances by adding one word to your child’s word.  If your child uses one word phrases, use two word phrases, etc.  Keep adding words to your child’s words by adding descriptive words (i.e. big ball).
  • Narrate your child’s actions during play. “She is climbing the stairs. or He is flying an airplane.”
  • Act out familiar routines during play with characters (i.e. bath routines, pre-school routines, etc.)
  • Provide choices in a field of two for books, clothes, toys, etc.
  • Create situations to make your child ask for help.  Keep toys in containers with lids or keep toys up high.
  • Use lots of intonation when playing with your child.
  • Over exaggerate sounds when playing or reading with your child.
  • Read books using short simple phrases.  Don’t read all the words on the page.
  • Build vocabulary during daily routines, such a bathtime.  Use words such as wet, cold, dry, hot, in, out, etc.
  • Use short simple phrases when talking to your child (i.e.  Get shoes.)

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