1. Show your child pictures of animals and vehicles and talk about what sounds they make.
2. Use your child’s name when talking to him and teach him/her his/her full name.
3. Teach your child body parts. Look in the mirror and have him/her point out and name eyes, ears, hair, etc. Also have him wash and name different body parts during bath time.
4. Point out and name objects when you are doing the shopping or driving in the car. This expands your child’s vocabulary.
5. Help your child learn the names and functions of common objects like spoon, ball, pencil, etc. Ask, “What do you throw?”
6. Encourage your child to ask questions and tell what he/she wants. Frequently, children will point or gesture to indicate their needs.
7. Talk together about pictures in books or magazines. Name things, tell about what is happening and what might happen next and compare things in the picture with things that have happened in your child’s experiences.
8. Play sorting games and sort socks, colors, silverware, blocks, clothing, etc.
9. Talk about concepts such as bigger, smaller, more, less, soft, rough, hard, few, many, beginning, end, first, last, long, short, fat, thin, wet, dry, etc.
10. Encourage your child to play with other children. Social interaction is good language stimulation. Dress-up, house, and cars and trucks usually involve talking and role playing with each other.
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Pam Hass, Speech Language Pathologist, Interactive Therapy Inc