Best Ways of Developing Language

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What are the best ways of developing early language?


Out of everything you do for your child, helping them communicate effectively by developing their language skills is amongst the most important.

Exposure to quality early language experiences assists synapse development in young children's brains, assisting storage and recall of information for life.


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


While your child is young, language development 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's face when you speak to them, as much as is possible

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

  • Add words to what they say, developing their language skills. '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 babies daily from around 5-6 months of age to build their vocabulary and comprehension

  • Speak to young children as thought they are young intelligent beings

  • As children grow expand their language around their interests

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

And Longer Term language development 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 specific information to best develop language skills for your child, go to the following links:

Talking to Babies is Important
Mother talking to baby
10 Tips to Develop Early Language
10 Tips to Develop Early Language
The Importance of Early Language
The Importance of Early Language
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
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