Find out more about all of the skills that come together to help children develop speech, language and communication- The Building Blocks of Language!
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Playing is an important language learning activity. When you join your child's play, you can make this a good way to improve attention. This also helps them to learn words and develop interaction skills. To get the most out of play, it helps to follow your child’s interest rather than direct the activities yourself.
Life is busy for everyone especially when you have toddlers or young children at home. Yet, waiting is a powerful way that we can help youngsters develop language skills. When children have few words, it’s tempting for adults to do all the talking. Some children are passive or not so confident. They may not get a chance to try out new skills and join in conversations like more confident children.
Copying will motivate and encourage your child to interact with you. Copying also shows your child that you notice what they are doing. Copying might also encourage them to imitate you back.
We all know how important it is to practice when learning a new skill. Think about learning to drive or trying a new sport. Learning to communicate is the most complex skill that any of us learn. Children who are learning to talk need lots of help from you and lots of opportunities to practice.