Today, we are sharing 8 great tips you can actively do to help your child improve his or her communication skills:
1. Talk with your child as much as possible, and listen attentively.
2. Expect your child to use words to get what he/she wants.
3. Provide the names of common objects in your environment, as well as things you see together in books, games, TV shows, etc. "That's a very pretty flower. It's called a tulip."
4. Encourage your child to use short sentences and clear speech.
5. Respond to what your child says in a positive, meaningful way. For example, if your little one says, "Look what I did!" you can say, "Wow, I love the way you stacked those blocks!" or "Great job putting your shoes on!"
6. When you're having conversations, try to ask questions. If your child has trouble answering a question, help by providing the words needed.
7. When you or someone else talks to your little one, help your child learn to stop what he/she is doing and respond.
8. Make comments to encourage conversation and the exchange of ideas. For example, "I am so hungry. I think I will have a snack." or "It is raining outside. I better take my umbrella."
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