Top 10 Tips
HELPING YOUR CHILD MASTER THE ART OF SPEECH
- Talk to your child about everything you are doing. Label objects, actions, people all around your home.
- Encourage your child to participate in imitation and interactive games. Imitate their laughter, facial expressions and babbling and encourage them to imitate you.
- Use natural gestures to convey meaning (waving hi, saying bye-bye, etc.).
- Sing simple songs and rhymes to practice the rhythms and patterns of speech. Read to your child daily.
- Use good speech that is clear and easily understood by your child.
- Model words and phrases related to your daily routines. Repeat what your child says and expand what was said.
- Build vocabulary through reading to your child, enjoying a variety of experiences and introducing new words in familiar contexts.
- Play games with your child. This allows your child to learn and practice taking turns, answering and asking questions and a variety of other skills.
- If your child has speech production errors, repeat what he says with correct speech and acoustic or visual highlighting to draw his attention to the correct production pattern.
- Acknowledge, praise and encourage all communication attempts. Show that you understand what was said by responding appropriately.