It’s not uncommon for a child to have a speech or language issue. Children develop at different rates, making it easy to overlook an atypical communication development. It is important to be proactive, the negative impact of a language problem can affect both social skills and academics that can last throughout adulthood.
Early intervention is key to your child’s success. It is also important to encourage your child to use of good language skills thought the day. Allowing your child the opportunity to build the communication skills necessary for success.
While it is only natural to anticipate your child’s needs, give them the time to express themselves. You may know what they are trying to say, but wait a few minutes before responding. This will give them the opportunity to ask a question or initiate a conversation.
Use complete sentences when talking to your child. Not only does this expand their language skills, it will help them learn grammatical structures.
Give your child the opportunity to make their own choices by using words. This builds their expressive language skills and confidence.
Encourage your child to follow instructions. Begin with small tasks that involve just one direction, then slowly add more as your child progresses.
When you read with your child ask questions that require simple responses, such as pointing to a picture. This should be a fun activity, if they don’t answer within 5 to 10 seconds, point out the right answer in a positive tone.
When communicating with your child making eye contact is very important. There is a lot to learn by watching mouth movement and facial expression.
Teach conversation skills by taking turns while having a conversation with them. Take the time to pause and give them time to reply.
If you’re concerned about your child’s speech-language development it is important to be proactive. We encourage you to contact First Words Speech Therapy, we provide a comprehensive evaluation for a variety of speech, language, and occupational needs. We are dedicated to providing personalized care to meet your child’s speech and language needs.