One of the best feelings is having your child say “Mommy” or “Daddy”! Labeling other familiar people is also an important skill. Once your child learns how to say names they no longer have to grunt, cry, yell, or scream to get attention! It gives them an opportunity to make clear requests, ask for help, etc. Here are numerous ways to encourage labeling familiar people below…
- Practice directions such as “Look at Mommy” or “Where’s Daddy?” Children often receptively understand who family members are before they produce a label. This will later translate into more complex directions such as “Go get the book and give it to Mommy”.
- Go in front of a mirror and say your child’s name while pointing at them and say your name. Try doing this at a consistent time of day (e.g. – before or after bath) to allow for repetition. Children also find it to be very silly… you can even try making funny faces to make sure it is a motivating activity!
- Create a simple book with photos of just your faces. We did this and it was a hit! He always goes to it on his own and flips through it. We recommend reading it to your children by clearly labeling each person at least 1-2 times a day. We advise you to write down the name of each person in the book especially if they have nicknames so that it is consistent when everyone reads it.