WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S SPEECH AT HOME
What can I do at home to help my child’s speech and communication?
At home it’s really all about input. One really nice strategy is to allocate 15-20 mins of playtime each day where you focus on feeding in language – no questions, no rules, just lots of talk about what you are doing, what your child is doing, wondering out loud what might happen next etc.
Books are also a great tool. Its worthwhile using book time to talk about what you have read or what you can see on the page – there is so much more language to be modelled than just the words written by the author. You can talk about how characters are feeling, what might happen next, or something similar that you or your child have experienced.
Try to avoid correcting your child, and model the correct word/sentence for them instead. It’s a slight difference but the idea isn’t to tell them that they said it wrong, or to expect a correction, just provide a correct model over the top of the word they found tricky.
If your child is still struggling with their communication, it is worthwhile seeing a speech pathologist for more specific activities.