Did you know children who are exposed to language-rich conversations and descriptive words, even when they are very, very young, will have a huge advantage when it comes to increasing speech and language skills?
Research shows the importance of limiting screen time for both children and parents to help increase those face-to-face interactions, when speech and language skills are being developed.
Ask open-ended questions
OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS CANNOT BE ANSWERED WITH A YES OR NO.
Ask WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW, and WHY questions throughout the day, when reading a story, when playing games, during meals, at the store, in the car, during bath time and bedtime, etc.
Expand on your child’s words
If your child says ball, expand on that; a red ball, a big, round red ball, bounce the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball.
Describe simple daily tasks
When cooking in the kitchen, talk about stirring the pot, using a spoon to stir round and round, the soup is hot, the vegetable colors, the crunchy carrots, etc.
Use descriptive words and sentences more than imperative statements and simple affirmations.
Being a parent is a HARD job! Especially when you put the TIME and ENERGY into trying to be the best parent for your child. Remember, the time you invest now, will pay off for them and YOU in the future!
All the best, Monae
P.S. I’ve uploaded this information in a handy freebie to share with parents. I hope you find this helpful!