Learn­ing ways to boost speech devel­op­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Olot more than oth­ers can. You would ex­pect a stranger to un­der­stand at least half of a twoyear- old’s speech. Be­tween two and three years, a child will learn many more words, and will start to have more com­plex and longer sen­tences, us­ing de­scrip­tive words as well as nouns and verbs.

By three years speech is usu­ally much eas­ier to com­pre­hend. If you are con­cerned about your child’s speech you could start by check­ing with your child health nurse or GP.

They may consider ar­rang­ing for a hear­ing test and/ or speech ther­apy as­sess­ment. There are many rea­sons why a child has slower speech devel­op­ment; this can range from things such as iso­lated de­lay in speech, to hear­ing im­pair­ment and even autis­tic dis­or­der.

You can do things to help with speech devel­op­ment. This in­cludes mak­ing sure your child is in a speech rich en­vi­ron­ment.

Read­ing and look­ing at books and pic­tures with your child, talk­ing about day- to- day ac­tiv­i­ties and things that you see as you drive in your car, or play­ing lit­tle talk­ing games all help. Chil­dren gain from in­ter­ac­tion with other chil­dren at a play group or child care or other group ac­tiv­i­ties.

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