Communication: 12-18 months

Twelve to eighteen months old is a time where your little one’s communication is really starting to take off! This is a time to really invest in communicating with your little one and help them identify the objects they want to talk about. As they point at objects, make grunting noises while looking in a direction, etc you can take those opportunities to narrate what they are interested in! You can say “oh I see that big tree. That tree is big. That tree has leaves.” etc. Try to stay with them on whatever topic for as long as they are engaged. When they switch to point to something else, you can begin to narrate that instead.

If possible, try to use the same words for the things you talk about: cup, potty, mama, dada, tree, light, etc. If you are giving directions, ideally you can give them in short two word phrases so they can begin to pick up on these as well!

Toddlers this age also enjoy mirroring and playing games with their caregiver. Here are a few ideas you can try:

  • Peek-a-boo

  • Pat-a-cake

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

You can sing the words to this song or game and then pause to see if they will finish the song or do the motion.

This is also a great age to start modeling pretend play! You can pretend to put on your shoes, mix up cake batter in a bowl, talk on the phone, etc. Again, we are not speech pathologists or therapists but we wanted to share some ideas to get you started communicating with this age!