As you play with your child and give them access to things that they want, you can help increase language by saying the name of the item they want. This will help to teach them what all of the items are and how to say it, which increases their likelihood of saying the word themselves.
To do this, you will want to learn your child's unique signs of motivation. Some common indicators include reaching for an item, looking at an item and moving closer to an item.
When you see them showing motivation, you will say the name of the item.
You will then hand it to them and as they access the item you will say it one more time.
Your child is reaching up to the counter for their cup of water.
You say, “Water”
You hand them the water
As they drink it you say, “Water”
Your child is looking at the block you have in your hand.
You say, “Block”
You hand them the block
As they take the block you say, “Block”.
These are great “getting started” recommendations for anyone with children. It will enhance your experience together as well as be teaching them valuable skills. A win win for everyone!
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