Welcome to Help Your Child Talk and Grow Smarter: this week’s extract from the SpeechContacts Kindle and your chance to learn more about the way your child learns to talk.
Here are ten tips for playing with your child, helping him learn to talk through play.
- Observe your child: watch what he does and you’ll see how much he learns from every toy.
- Provide him with related items: spoons and plates, toothpaste and toothbrush, garage and cars. He’ll learn to put them together, beginning to find out how the world works.
- Play alongside him, so the two of you are having fun doing the things he wants to do.
- Give teddy bear tea parties with him as he practises ‘pretend’ play.
- Help to bath teddy and your toddler will soon learn the words for body parts.
- Dress a doll in her clothes, undress her and put her to bed, as you and your child name all her clothes and even tell her a bedtime story.
- Play with a toy telephone together, pretending to talk to granny. Or do it for real!
- Consider providing a doll’s house. Not cheap, but worth every penny for the hours of pretend play.
- Look at picture books together. The same ones, over and over, help him learn the words.
- Be patient and let him go at his own pace. It’s not a race. Give him opportunities and he’ll learn unbelievably fast.
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