We are continuing to recommend ways to encourage language development. The first two listed in my last post were 1) Be an active listener and 2) Let your child talk without interruptions.
Some other ways are:
3) Reward your child’s speech attempts by expressing approval in several ways. Physical approval are smiles, hugs, kisses, and touch. Verbal approval is “Good!”; “I like that!”; “Nice talking!”; “I like the way you use that new word.” Natural consequences are an appropriate action in response to your child’s speech attempt, such as: Child says “Ju” and you as the parent would say “You want juice!” as you give your child juice.
4) If you don’t understand your child, help your child communicate more clearly: a) Smile, don’t frown. A frown may give your child the impression you are unhappy or angry. b) Acknowledge your child’s speech attempts and frustration at not being understood. You might say, “I know you are trying to tell me something. Sometimes it’s hard.” c) Try to understand one word of your child’s remark. Use the word to ask the child to try again: “Tell me about the dog.” d) If you continue to have difficulty understanding, ask your child to show you. Have your child point to what he/she is talking about. * Give multiple choice questions along with the objects that correspond to the question. For example, “Do you want juice or milk?”
I will continue to give you strategies to encourage language development in your child in the next post.
Reference: Communication Skill Builders; Author Diann D. Grimm, M.A. CCC, Ed.S
* Edited by Pamela Hass, M.A. CCC-SLP