The initial years of a child’s life are fundamental for speech, language, and cognitive skill development. Having said that, it is important to establish an environment that helps foster speech and language skills that offer them all the activities for stimulation and positive role-modeling.
If you want to motivate speech development, or you feel that your child is a little late with their first words, several activities develop your child’s speech and help them produce more words.
- Effective modeling.
Always speak slowly and clearly and face your child when talking to them. If your child speaks a word or sentence that is incorrect, correct them or ask them to repeat it. Say the word or sentence back correctly to show that you have understood. This way, your child will always hear the correct version, which will make them learn the language.
- Keep your language level in mind.
Try to avoid words or sentences that your child will not understand. Communicate with them and use language that they can easily comprehend. If any new words come up, explain it to them.
- Books, books, and books.
The use of books can be beneficial in various ways to build early literacy and language skills. Evidence depicts that children who are more exposed to books before schooling develop literacy skills earlier. In addition, books serve as an excellent tool for learning new words and play a crucial role in early speech development.
- Let your child take charge.
Don’t hesitate to let your child take charge of the play, let them lead and be the boss. This leads to improved self-confidence and does not put pressure on them to speak or respond to the adult all the time.
At Patch Learning Center, we incorporate all senses for learning from painting to singing with the baby. We explore all senses to refine language and speech skills and consider these simple activities paramount to the baby’s overall well-being and development.
In our programs, we focus on each child’s ability to make age-appropriate progress in all domains of development, including language and communication, cognitive, emotional, social and morality, motor development, and emergent literacy.
Hear about our effective programs from a father who got his son’s admission into Patch Learning Center after having an unsatisfactory experience at another school.
“My son was at another school. He was not talking till the age of two. Since we got him enrolled at Patch Learning Center, he has learned a lot and is confidently talking now. Thank you.”