Activities to encourage speech and language development Say sounds such as ma, da and ba. Try to have your baby say them to you again. Watch your baby when he makes sounds. Respond when your baby laughs or grimaces.
Teach your baby to do what you do, such as clapping and playing hide and seek. Fools can get in the way of a conversation. Try to store them just for sleeping. Show them that you understand, instead of asking them to repeat the words correctly.
Repeat the word or sentence correctly for your child. If they say, “Look at the dod,” you can say, “Yes, it's a dog.” We all love positive reinforcement and respond to it. Your smile, praise, flattery and high fives can also encourage your child to use more language throughout the day. Make friends with other expectant parents and first-time parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing NCT activities taking place nearby.
These are often fun games that encourage new words and sounds and provide opportunities for you to talk and play with your child. If parents blamed less and reinforced more of what teachers are trying to teach children, I think there would be less bullying and more learning in school. If your child may have any problems, it's important to see a speech-language pathologist (SLP) right away. Knowing a little bit about speech and language development can help parents determine if there are reasons for concern.
You can find a speech-language pathologist on your own or ask your healthcare provider to refer you to one. If parents paid more attention to their children and invested quality time in their children's daily lives, children would achieve better learning outcomes in school. When you see something, such as a car, describe it to encourage children to talk about the things they see and think. You may find it helpful to attend one of NCT's Early Days groups, as they provide you with an opportunity to explore different approaches to important parenting issues with a qualified group leader and other first-time parents in your area.
Activities that combine physical movement and speech at the same time are wonderful ways to encourage speech formation in your child. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers these age-appropriate ways for parents to engage their young children to help them develop speech and language skills. Games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch or common tasks, such as eating or brushing your teeth, are great opportunities for your speech therapist to show you how you can help your child improve their words and language skills. However, parents often find it difficult to tell if their child is taking a little longer to reach a speech or language milestone, or if there are any problems.
The pathologist will perform standardized tests and look for milestones in speech and language development.