Learning to talk doesn’t just “happen”!
Babies and young children need grown-ups who will talk and play with them.
It’s never too soon to talk to your baby.
Children hear sounds best when the TV’s off.
Sing together, Be face-to-face with your child.
“Peep-Bo”Watch and Waitfor them to respond.
Use actions and sounds
Using actions and sounds alongside words helps children to learn those words.
Watch, wait and listen, then comment on what your child is doing and you do it too.
Share books – even with babies, talk about the pictures
Taking turns, Share the talking. Keep sentences short and simple, this helps your child make friends.
Say what your child sees. Give your child the words for what they can see.
Don’t correct your child.
Sometimes children’s words are unclear, try not to make them say the word correctly but let them listen to how you say the words.
Offer your child choices.
Your child gets to hear the words, which in turn helps them to learn the word.
Talk about everyday things. Adding a word to what your child has said will help your child to learn the new word.
Giving your child 10 minutes of special time will help encourage listening skills.
Praise and encouragement
This helps children and gives them confidence to want to try again.
Children listen best when:-
- the tv is off
- when your face to face
- when you use actions as well as words
- Children respond best when:-
- your face to face
- give time to respond
- you watch and wait for a response
- they don’t have a dummy (they can make it difficult to say some sounds and also can cause problems with their teeth)
- given lots of opportunities to use sounds
- you watch, wait and listen
- sharing books that your child is interested in
- you give them praise and encouragement
- you don’t ask to many questions
- you offer your child choices
- Not all children develop language quickly and easily: some will need professional help.
- If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and language development, please seek advice.
- Speech and language therapists will be able to identify if your child has a problem or reassure that all is well.