Is it any wonder toddlers get frustrated when they are simply trying to make themselves understood? Although, Immy speaks well for her age (I counted a six word sentence recently – yes, SIX!), visitors to our home (and even her Dad) sometimes look to me for a translation. As I am with her most of the time, I have become accustomed to her little sound substitutions, like ‘s’ for ‘f’ and ‘v,’ and most of the time I understand what she is saying.
Though she did throw me the other day. We were playing when she came out with what sounded like ‘womela.’ It took a good few minutes and her repeating the word many times for me to work out she was asking for ‘watermelon.’ It didn’t help my translation that we were nowhere near the kitchen at the time and certainly not talking about food!
According to Speech Pathology Australia, toddlers and young children often make ‘mistakes’ when learning to talk (which is completely normal) and may;
- Substitute an easier sound for a difficult one
- Leave out sounds or parts of words (hence my difficulty with the watermelon!)
- Mix up the order of sounds, like the classic psghetti
- Say one sound instead of blending two together, like bider for spider
We certainly see all of these at various times and will for some time to come I am sure. I wish that I could bottle up these moments for prosperity as her little substitutions are so precious (well, at least the ones which don’t result in a frustrated tantrum when I just cannot work out what she is saying). Sometimes they even make me laugh out loud.