Does your child drop final sounds in their words? Does your child substitute sounds in words (‘doddy’ for ‘doggy’)? Is your child nonsensically babbling with a few real words here and there? If so, these are all a normal part of their speech development process!
What is speech-babble?
Speech babble is a way to develop a child’s auditory feedback loop (their ability to self-monitor their speech). They hear us produce a word, they try it themselves, and then we repeat it back to them.
- How long has my child been amplified (their hearing age)?
- What sounds can my child hear in the speech range (familiar sounds audiogram)
- What sounds should my child be producing?
- By age 3: m, b, y, n, w, d, p, h
- By age 4-5: t, ng, k, g, f, v, ch, j
- Does my child imitate?
Learning to Listen sounds
- Pair an object with a distinct repetitive sound or phrase
- Target early developing sounds your child is working on through fun playful experiences together!
- Boat (p-p-p-p)
- Bus (b-b-b-b)
- Ice Cream / Food (mmm)
- Baby sleeping (shhhh…)
- Bunny (hop, hop, hop)
- Slide (up, up, up, wheeee!)
Strategies if your child does not respond or imitate:
- Wait Time (provide time for processing)
- Move closer
- Highlight missed sound (pause, increase intensity and intonation)
- Whisper the missed sound
Using Routines to Practice Speech Babble
Routines are repetitive, easy to remember and natural!
“It’s Hot” (whispered /h/ when pouring coffee, cooking in kitchen)
“Pee-You!” (for a smelly diaper change)
“Roooooollll” vs. “Bounce Bounce” (playing with a ball)
Songs (“E-I-E-I-OHHHH” in Old MacDonald)