Speech and Language
What can I do to help my child’s language development?
- Follow your child’s lead during play. Let him be ‘in charge’.
- Keep your language short and simple. Match the level of your language to your child’s (i.e. If your child is using 2 word phrases (e.g. ‘teddy gone’), you do the same.
- Use repetition so your child hears the same words over again.
- Give a commentary about what your child is doing/looking at rather than asking questions. This will encourage your child to make comments.
- Take turns to talk – give your child plenty of time to respond. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t say anything when it’s their turn. Sometimes children respond simply by giving you eye-contact or a gesture.
- Give your child choices (e.g. ‘do you want milk or biscuit’?). If he chooses by pointing, give him what he wants but say the word for him to hear.
http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/ - A website full of fun ideas and activities to help your child’s speech, language and communication development.
http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/ - This website has lots of resources including downloadable booklets on a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties and short films about ways to help your child at different age.
www.afasicengland.org.uk - Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young people with speech, language and communication. The website has a range of information including simple advice sheets.
Please find below some resources and activities that you can use to support your child at home.