Find out the ways to develop good language & communications skills in kids
The first 3 years of your child’s life are the most intensive ones with regards to acquisition of speech and language skills. So undertaking activities to develop language and communication skills during this time will prove very beneficial for your child’s development. It is during this time period when the brain undergoes development and maturation. Your toddlers’ language and communication skills develop at their best when you provide them with an environment that is rich in sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to speech and language of others.1
Here are a few tips to encourage the development of good language and communications skills in kids:
- Read a book together. Let your child look at pictures as you describe them2
- Use objects and gestures while talking to your babies. This helps them understand your instructions and questions better.2
- Talk to your toddler about everyday activities like when you put away the shopping. Toddlers connect language to the world around them.2
- Encourage your baby to talk by giving them a chance to reply after you finish talking. This helps children learn about conversation.3
- Whenever your toddlers talk, look and smile at them, show that you are listening and praise their efforts.3
- Recite nursery rhymes, sing songs and read stories aloud so your baby can listen to them.3
- Encourage a two-way conversation by copying your child’s attempts at words. You may also expand on the words they say e.g. when your toddler says ‘train’, you can say, ‘Yes, it’s a big red train’.3
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Speech and Language Developmental Milestones. Available from: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/speech-and-languageAccessed on: June 15, 2017.
- NHS. Speech and language therapy advice. Available from: http://www.gwh.nhs.uk/media/169677/2_years_understanding.pdfAccessed on: June 15, 2017.
- Talking: toddlers. Available from: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/toddler_talking_play_ideas.htmlAccessed on: June 14, 2017.