It’s not uncommon for parents to worry about the pace at which their child is developing. In particular, mums and dads can quickly become concerned when their child appears to be behind in standing, walking, and, of course, talking. According to the NHS, tots typically say their first words between the ages of 12 months and 18 months. While it’s not necessarily a bad sign if a child isn’t talking much at 18 months, most parents understandably want to speed up the process so that their little one can communicate with them better. This is where soft play can help. If you’re worrying about your child’s speech, here are three ways a trip to a soft play area can help.
Soft play will instantly spark many feelings from within your child. They’ll be excited, astounded and surprised – and as a result they’ll try to vocalise these emotions to you. You should find that the experience urges them to find the right sounds and words that best exemplify how they’re feeling in such a joyous environment.
The abundance of little boys and girls – as well as many other friendly faces – should have your child interacting with several different people during their time at soft play. Even the shiest of children should come out of their shell in this environment as they try to share conversations and communicate with others in attendance. It’s a lively setting for them to make noise, as well as friends.
Soft play is an activity that encourages noise. This isn’t like when your little one falls silent while mesmerised by what’s on the television, but is instead an activity where they can feel comfortable to speak up and make themselves heard. Once they become comfortable with using their words, you should find that this newfound confidence carries into other environments.
Give it a go!
Even if you only have the slightest reservations about your child’s speech, it can’t hurt to take them to soft play and expose them to a place where they’ll be more likely to talk and communicate. Therefore, don’t leave it too long before your next visit to Little Giggles.