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How can develop my child's language?

Some children struggle with their speech and language from the time that they are born, some children just need that extra push to encourage them to speak more and expand their language.

These are some things that will help you to develop and grow your child's language and help them with their social skills, communication and relationships with others.

Conversations and narratives

Engage in conversations with your child throughout the day, encourage them to express themselves, ask questions and share thoughts and experiences. Narrate daily activities, describe objects and discuss events to enhance language skills.

Read aloud

Read daily starting at a young age to encourage vocabulary and storytelling. Choose a variety of books age appropriate for them, these will help to develop listening skills and attention which is crucial for communication, cognitive and social development.

Expand and model language

When your child speaks, expand their sentences by adding a few more words. For example if your child says 'doggie run' you would say 'Yes, the doggie is running fast' encouraging your child to add more words and detail.

Provide a language rich environment

You can use language in the home by labeling objects such as baskets of toys, food items and bathroom items. You can also add a picture to the label so that your child can see a visual with the word and be able to link them in their mind. You can also listen to podcasts, read books and watch educational videos to expose your child to different voices, accents and languages.

Seek language rich experiences

Take your child to places where they can encounter new vocabulary and experiences such as museums, libraries, parks and community events.

Singing and Rhymes

Children love singing and nursery rhymes so these are a great tool to use to introduce new words, develop phonological awareness, rhythm and memory.

Play with language

Play games like 'I Spy' and 'Guess the sound' to promote vocab, listening skills and phonic awareness.

Limit screen time

Set limits on the use of electronic devices and encourage interactive and imaginative play instead.

Encourage writing and drawing

Provide opportunities to practice writing and drawing, this helps develop fine motor skills, lets them express themselves and develop letter recognition and creativity.


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