Recommendations for Parents Working on Articulation and Language Skills
- Be sure your child’s hearing has been checked by an audiologist or your pediatrician to make sure there is not a hearing loss.
- Give Eye contact to your child. This helps your child learn that it is appropriate to look at people during communication. Children learn through observing your facial expressions and acquire articulation skills by watching the movement of your mouth.
- Taking turns. Talk to your child and then pause to give them a moment to verbalize. This teaches them the art of turn taking. This skill can also be accomplished during play, using objects and toys.
- Give your child choices. By giving them a choice, you are allowing them to communicate their preferences.
- Ask your child to follow simple instructions. Start with simple 1-step requests and then build up to 2-steps.
- Read books to your child with pictures on each page. Talk to your child about the pictures and ask them questions that can be answered verbally or by pointing to the correct picture.
- Discuss what you see and events. Look out the window while driving, describe what you are doing while cooking a meal or during bath time.
- Reinforce speech and model. If your child produces a verbal attempt of a word, praise them with a pleasant tone of voice and then model the they attempted. For example, if the child says "ba" for ball, say "You said ball. Yes, it is a ball!".
- Articulate your words clearly and speak slowly when you communicate with your child.