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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

​​Boys Town Pediatrics logo​Contact: Yoyo Ma
Specialist, Marketing and Communications

May 23, 2016
For Immediate Release

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Boys Town Pediatrics offers Tips to Expand Your Toddler’s Language Development

OMAHA, NEB. – As your toddler grows so does his vocabulary. Boys Town Pediatrics offers tips to help parents expand their child’s communication skills.

  • Form Simple Sentences. By age 2, a child will have around 50 words stored in his or her vocabulary and may start forming two or three words together into sentences. Teach short and simple sentences to your child and don't forget to offer rewards with a smile and response!
  • Play, Read, Talk and Sing. Read out loud, sing songs and be expressive. Broaden vocabulary and teach sentence flow by having playful conversations, such as announcing when you are going to do something, imitating noises like animal and object sounds and practice counting.
  • Listen, Repeat and Expand. Listen to your child's sounds and repeat them back. These steps can encourage your child's speech and language development. As he or she grows older, start pointing out the words while reading. This is the next step in understanding letters and how words on a page form sounds.

When to contact the doctor?

“Every child has a different pace when developing language skills, said Heidi Johnson​, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics. “Some may be a little ahead or behind. It is important to track and monitor your child's development and discuss any language concerns with your child’s pediatrician.”


Boys Town Pediatrics is keeping kids healthy with extended evening and weekend appointments and scheduled same day sick appointments seven days a week. Our Board Certified pediatric specialists offer diagnosis and treatment services for life-altering disorders, chronic conditions and serious injuries. To learn more about our specialized care for kids and meet the physicians of Boys Town Pediatrics, visit Boys Town Pediatrics, together caring for kids.