Our kids are truly little sponges. They are always listening and always learning. Here are 3 simple ways you can help them learn language even more.
Be the narrator of their life.
What would your child say, if they could say it? Say it for them. Give them the language that fits the situation.
example: "Mommy up, I want up. Oh, OK, Mikey, Mommy will pick you up."
Give specific reinforcement.
Instead of saying, "good job" or "way to go", tell them exactly what they did right.
Example: "Good telling Mommy you want milk!" "Good sharing your toys!" "I love how nicely you are sitting in your chair!" "Mommy heard you say 'I want baba', here's your baba!"
Give the answer first.
Help your child learn the answer before asking them the question.
Example: "Look at the ball! The ball bounces up and down. Bobby, what's this?"
"Do you want your milk? Mmmm, yummy milk. Susie, what do you want?"
If you have any questions about your child's development, an evaluation is never a bad idea. There are some amazing therapist around town, and I always recommend consulting a professional if you're gut is telling you there may be a delay.
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Read all about one of my favorite therapy centers here in Hoboken: Advanced Therapy of America
Cassie Mascari, MS CCC-SLP