Practical Pointers

  • Think about your OWN language- when you talk to your child make sure you are giving them a clear,calm model for them to follow
  • Speak at your child’s level – if they are only using 2 -3 word phrases, keep YOUR language at a similar level
  • REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT – this helps children learn
  • Play with your child – help them with turn taking games, imaginative play, let them take the lead.
  • Leave lots of gaps and silences for them to talk – don’t feel you have to fill in the silences!
  • Praise/reward them for all attempts at communication
  • Have fun with listening games – taps dripping, leaves rustling, animal noises, musical instruments and games like musical statues.
  • If you have understood them but they have said a word incorrectly, just repeat and emphasize the word correctly.
  • If you have not understood them at all, encourage them to show you, and try to find out the context – “did it happen in the garden or in the house?”
  • Have fun every day with singing and especially songs with actions