- Talk with your child, naming and talking about everything and anything. From counting out loud, the steps as you walk down the stairs, to telling them what piece of clothing you are folding when you are doing the laundry. Even if you think your child doesn't understand, talking about what is happening in your daily lives will increase the number of words your child hears. Repetition does help.
- Build your child's communication skills by:
- noting and commenting on their interest e.g. 'wow, what is that?'
- giving them time to respond back to you e.g. pause whilst looking them in the eye.
- actively listening to what they have to say.
- model the correct answer. whilst ignoring what was wrong e.g. if they say whilst looking at a bus 'look, bus', you would respond "yes it is a bus"
- build on what they have said e.g. look it's red bus, what else is red?
- Sing to them
- Start reading to them at an early age. Link the words to the pictures in the book and alson in your own lives. As they get older, pointing to the words as you say them helps them understand the link between written and spoken words to develop their skills in literacy.
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