Parents have an intricate role in a child’s language skills. Parents that read to and constantly speak to their children help to increase and improve their child’s vocabulary. Early detection is essential to early intervention. When signs of developmental delays become visible, parents should immediately begin seeking professional help. Developing a treatment plan with a pediatrician will get the ball rolling. Still, there are things that can be done by the parents to help support and enhance that plan. Keep track of your child’s progress and celebrate your child’s achievements. Here are ten tips to boost a child’s language development.
If you want your child to talk, you have to talk to them. One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is using “baby talk” when communicating with their children. Speak to your child throughout the day as it takes place. Describe what you’re doing and what you will be doing next.
Ask them questions about what they see around them and what they are doing. Engage them with questions that are easy for them to answer. Children that struggle with language can become frustrated if they have a hard time finding the words or getting them out. Be patient.
9 Read Aloud
Reading plays a big role in language and vocabulary. It's never too soon to start reading to your child. Some parents start before the baby is even born. Begin with easy books. Beginning with books that have no pictures are a great place to start because you can make up stories with your child. As time goes on, gradually move onto more complicated books. Many libraries have storytime. It's the perfect opportunity for a day out that is still serving a purpose and can aid in turning your little one into a book lover. It also gives the parents a small break.
8 Talk About The Book While Reading
When reading to a child talk about the book. Describe what's going on and what's happening in the pictures. Take special notice to things that make your child extra talkative. This can be used as motivation to start a conversation. Try to get your child to say words that they are familiar with and can relate to in the story. For instance, pointing out articles of clothing or animals. If your child takes over the conversation, allow them to. Ask them questions to encourage speech. If they laugh, laugh with them. It's important that they get the feeling they’re being understood.
7 Repeat Words To Correct
Children don’t know when they are saying words incorrectly. In the mind and to their ears, it sounds exactly like it’s supposed to. Teaching proper pronunciation takes repetition. Repeat the words back to the child, slowly. Have them say it again. Do this a few times and then move on to a new word.
You don’t want to discourage the child by showing signs of impatience and frustration. This is very helpful when you are reading to your child as well. Choose words for them to learn, show it to them and repeat the word with the correct pronunciation, when necessary.
6 Don’t Criticize
The biggest problem that children who struggle with language is proper pronunciation. It's important that parents don’t make fun of the way that their child says certain words. Slowly say the word to them again and let them repeat it back to you. Don’t forget to celebrate their attempts and successes. Encouragement makes all the difference in how hard a child will try. It's important to remain supportive even if they don’t get it right, as well. Every effort deserves to be praised. In addition to this, don’t allow others to mock your child’s speech either. It can be damaging.
5 Limit Screen Time
Television cannot engage your child in conversation. It cannot ask questions nor answer them. When parents are working to boost their child’s language development, both are necessary. Limit your child’s screen time. Any type of screen time. When they are allowed to watch television, choose what they are allowed to watch.
Computer games may seem like a good idea but just as with television, they don’t fit the criteria for effective language learning skills. Try to avoid entertaining children with things that do not support the goal. Find creative things to do with your child, that you can also incorporate language lessons into.
4 Take Good Care Of Their Ears
Many parents forget that healthy ears are a part of learning to speak. Hearing directly affects language. In order to say something properly, you must be able to hear it clearly. Untreated ear infections can lead to hearing problems, that lead to language problems. Parents should make sure that their children have regular check-ups. In addition to this, they should always be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of ear trouble. If a child is tugging on their ear or complaining about pain, it needs to be treated immediately. Delaying treatment will allow whatever the problem is to worsen.
3 Let Them Lead The Way
If your child shows interest or excitement about something, encourage them to continue talking about it. Engage them in conversation by keeping them focused on the item, repeating what they say and asking them about the item. Moments like this are great if they can be captured. Children love to see and hear themselves. It can be used as another tool to boost a child’s language development. Although you may not always understand what your child is saying, don’t discourage them when they are trying to verbally communicate. Instead, use the time to try to get them to say small words clearly.
2 Rhyme Time
Children are drawn to rhymes. Often, it's the rhythm that catches their attention. Rhymes are another tool that can be used to boost a child’s language development. They require nothing special. A child can be taught a rhyme any time, any place. Teach your child a rhyme that you can sing together. After a while, sing the rhyme and omit one of the words. Allow your child to complete the rhyme. Reading rhyming books are just as helpful and can be used the same way as a song. Rhyming is a good way to add a little fun to learning.
1 Give Them A Chance
A bad habit that many parents have is trying to anticipate their child’s needs. Although this isn’t a bad thing, it doesn’t allow the child the chance to use speech to express what they want or need. Prior to giving them what they want, use language to offer more options. Ask them several times if the item is what they want. This enforces the fact that if they want something, they have to say it. Avoid giving in to nonverbal expressions, such as physical gestures and guttural sounds. It gives children the impression they can get what they want by pointing or making noises.