Best Ways of Developing Language

Step by Step Parenting Tips 2

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Out of everything you do for your child, helping them to become an effective communicator is amongst the most important.


Language is the foundation for much of your child's future learning to link to. It therefore makes sense to help make your child's language ability as strong as possible.


While your child is young, language directly affects his or her:

  • understanding (both verbal and written)

  • learning

  • confidence

  • behaviour

  • ability to be understood

  • happiness

  • social acceptance and friendships

  • class placements (e.g. GATS classes or remediation at extremes)

  • Talking to babies is important, respond to your child's attempts to communicate

  • Look at your children when you speak to them as much as possible

  • If they make a pronunciation mistake repeat the word correctly, rather than correct them

  • Add words to what they say to extend their speech. 'It's a ball.' Extend...'It's a big, bouncy ball. Bounce, Bounce, Bounce. Can you catch the ball?

  • Answer children's questions in age appropriate language, extending vocabulary

  • Read to them daily from around 5-6 months of age to build their vocabulary and comprehension

  • If you're concerned about your child's language development seek professional advice

And Longer Term it affects:

  • school results

  • tertiary training opportunities

  • job prospects

  • social status

  • income potential

Step 3: Why cooperative behaviour is so important for your child's success.

For some more ideas on how to best develop language skills for your child, go to the following links:

Talking to Babies is Important
Mother talking to baby
The Importance of Early Language
Mother holding babies hand
Why Introduce Text Early
Two little girls reading text
Loving Reading
Young girl loving reading
How to Best Read a Book
Mother reading to her daughter
Is My Child Speaking Normally
Is my child speaking normally
My Favourite Books
Girl choosing favourite book
Vision Issues and Literacy
Vision issues and the effect on literacy
What Successful Families Do
what successful families do
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