Are you wondering how to get your child to talk more?
What are some easy ways to support language development at home, and in the classroom?
When laying the foundations to help your child to talk more, there are some general rules to follow:
- Make comments, more than you ask questions. Using the ‘five finger guide’ can be a helpful way to remember this. Make 4 comments, before you ask a question!
- Use a few more words in a sentence than your child uses. For example, if your child uses 2 word phrases, you should model 3-4 word phrases.
- Model different types of words; nouns, adjectives and verbs!
Shared book reading is an awesome language modelling opportunity!
You don’t have to read all the words on the page! You can use the book to point out the pictures, comment on what you can see, and link your comments back to situations your child may have experienced.
Follow your child’s lead. If they want to look at a particular book, or a certain page, let them! Instead of reading the words, talk about the pictures and the topic! One of my nephew’s favourite books at 2 years, was an encyclopaedia on the crown jewels!
For more ideas, check out Hanen’s website!
Talk More with Everyday Activities
Cooking, cleaning and going about your day are other awesome opportunities to model language. You can talk about what’s happening, what you’re doing and what you can see.
Your child is more likely to make some comments of their own, when they hear you commenting on the world around you. Plus, the language we can use in these situations is likely to be super useful and functional.
Don’t be afraid to get your child involved with everyday tasks; cutting vegetables, folding laundry and working in the garden, are all activities your child can enjoy!
Talk More with Routine Play
Using language, while doing repetitive play, is another awesome language opportunity. You should;
- Create a repetitive action/game. e.g. blowing bubbles.
- Use the same language over, and over, for each step of the game
- Pause before you use the language routine, to see if your child will use it too.
- Cue your child to have a go! Use an expectant look, a gesture or a word model
- Keep the routine going over and over!
Here’s how bubbles would look:
- blow bubbles, then put the lid back on. Before you blow the bubbles say “oh! Blow bubbles!”
- Model ‘pop pop pop’ while you pop the bubbles.
- When your child shows they want more, say ‘more bubbles’
- Repeat the routine (starting with “oh! Blow bubbles!)