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5 Ways to Elevate Your Child?s Language Development

Parents have an essential part in helping their child develop his or her language capabilities. In fact, many studies have proven that children who were read to and spoken with during early childhood have better language skills (i.e. vocabulary, grammar) than those who were not.

Here are five simple ways you can foster your child’s language development.

1. Talk to your child. Even when he or she can’t fully understand you yet, tell your child about what’s happening throughout your day. Tell your preschooler, for example, “Mommy will make sandwiches for us, and then we’ll get dressed, and take a walk at the park.”

2. Read to your child. Individuals who were read to as a young child have increased chances of becoming readers when they grow old enough to read. You may want to start reading to your child with board books then move on to picture books. As he or she gets older, you can move on to longer story books and also pay visits to the local library or bookstore. This will help him or her develop a love for books and reading.

3. Play music to your child. If cartoons are any indication, children love music. Make your child listen to lively and maybe even educational songs like the ABC song. This way, he or she will learn and enjoy the rhythm of language.

4. Don’t criticize your child's articulation or speech patterns. Young children will not feel encouraged to speak out new words they learn if they receive criticisms. Instead, praise your child for his efforts, then repeat the words back to him or her with the correct pronunciation or usage.

5. Don’t leave the TV on for too long. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to not let children younger than 2 years old watch TV at all. They also recommend that older kids don’t spend more than two hours of TV programs throughout the day. While there are plenty of quality and educational shows on TV that can be beneficial to children, they still don’t interact with or respond to kids the way people do.

These are some great tips to help elevate your child’s language skills and speech development. However, it is still best to seek direct advice from your doctor to know the specific needs of your child and help him achieve his developmental milestones.



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