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Video - Developing Early Speech & Language Skills
SpeechMatters is delighted to launch its first video offering advice and guidance to parents and families on ways to enhance language skills in young children.
Developing speech and language skills in young childrenHere are some tips on how you can help with your child’s speech and language development. You can see examples of these ideas and more ways to help your child in the below practical video. This video gives a clear idea of what you can do at home to help build a language-rich environment. It shows that learning language shouldn’t be a chore; you can have some fun and games too!
You can develop a foundation for good communication skills.
Your child is only little! Come down to their eye level. In that way, you can be sure to make good eye contact with them by being face to face. Then he/she can see your face and read your reactions to their actions and stories. This helps your child to connect with you and in turn, build their communication skills.
Turn off the TV!
It is harder for children to tune out from background noise and concentrate on what you are saying. We’re not saying don’t watch any TV; just try to limit it especially when talking with your child
Bye Bye Soother!
Try not to use a soother after the first year. It makes it more difficult for children to talk and can have a negative effect on speech sound development
Follow their lead
Follow your child’s lead. If they are interested in something, talk about it and describe it.
Offer your child options to choose from. This can motivate them to talk with you and learn to use new or existing vocabulary.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat....
Repetition is key! Children have to hear words many times before they learn their meaning. Don’t be afraid to repeat what you say while your playing with your child! If they make a mistake, try not to correct them, instead model for them what you want to hear.
The link between language and play is integral to how children learn. Play games with your child. This can start with simple activities like peekaboo to more complex pretend play with cars or tea sets
Setting a good example of language helps your child to learn. You can imitate what they say and add on one piece of extra information for them. E.g. if your child says “coat” then you could respond “Yes, Eimear’s coat”.