HOW TO HELP YOUR THREE-YEAR-OLD WITH SPEECH

HOW TO HELP YOUR THREE-YEAR-OLD WITH SPEECH

Dear Melanie, What can I do to help my 3 year old’s development?

By now, most children have a reasonable amount of words and are making little sentences. What research
has shown, is that for strong language skills, now is the time to start exposing your child to more sophisticated words, so using words like ‘purchase’ instead of buy, or cutlery instead of knives and forks.

You can explain these as you go, and link them to things your child already knows about. For example “We need cutlery to cut our food up for dinner…. Can you please get the knives and forks from the cutlery drawer?” The size of a child’s vocab at age 4 is directly related to their literacy outcomes at school, so feeding in a variety of more complicated words now is worth the investment!

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