Fun and Easy Ways to Encourage
Speech and Language Development
Play is any activity that your child enjoys. It doesnt have to
be expensive. Play can be simple games such as peek-a-boo or pretending
an empty box is a bed. Play helps language development because it usually
involves listening and talking about what is happening, repetition,
taking turns, using eye contact, body language and gestures all
of which are important for language development.
What to do when playing:
Use toys, games or objects that your child enjoys.
Give your child opportunities to play with other children.
Use facial expressions and an interesting voice.
Talk about what is happening during play.
Reading helps your child develop concentration and attention, while
giving a good example of correct language. Its also an activity
that allows you to spend time together. You can find free or inexpensive
books at any of the following locations: public libraries, garage sales,
dollar stores, bargain section of bookstores, toy lending programs.
Or you can make your own!
What to do when reading:
Choose a quiet time and place where you wont be interrupted.
Let your child choose the book, giving him/her some control over
what you read.
Rather than read the words, you may want to talk about the pictures
and the actions or make up stories.
Read with lots of drama and rhythm in your voice to keep your child
Encourage your child to tell stories using books and pictures.
Adapted with permission from material developed by First Words Preschool
Speech and Language Program of Ottawa-Carleton led by Pinecrest-Queensway
Health and Community Services.
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