6 talk-more tasks to try
Young children take longer than adults to think about what they hear – up to 12 seconds after you have finished speaking. So wait a little longer before saying something else in order to give your child time to respond.
2. BE FLEXIBLE
Young children easily lose interest: it’s perfectly normal and not a sign that she’s not enjoying your time together. Follow her lead and do something else instead.
3. CREATE TALKING TIME
Make routine tasks, such as nappy changes and getting dressed, into times where you focus on talking with your child. Hearing you talk about the same thing lots of times helps your child learn to talk more.
4. SHOW HER HOW IT’S DONE
Demonstrate what she should say rather than criticising what she is saying. If, for example, your child says, ‘There tat’, you say, ‘Yes, it’s a cat’. She’ll learn faster if you do it this way rather than if you say, ‘It’s not ‘tat’, it’s ‘cat’.’
5. STICK TO YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE
Speak naturally to help your child’s developing language skills. If English isn’t the language you normally use at home, your child will find it easier to learn it later after she’s got a good foundation in your home language.
6. EXERCISE HER MOUTH
Get your child to focus on her mouth in any way that works. Activities such as eating, brushing teeth and pulling faces encourages greater word development.