Sharing books with kids
Last week I mentioned that one of the magical ways to support your child’s communication is by reading to them.
It’s a good idea to think of a story as a shared experience between you and your child.
It is a prop or a tool for conversations with both the child and adult being equal partners in the book experience.
Depending on the age and interest levels of your child you may want to just talk about the pictures and skip the words altogether. It’s good to remember that books are not a test of knowledge or words learned so we try to avoid asking ‘‘what’s this?’’
Instead turn your questions into a comment that invites conversation such as ‘‘I can see….’’ Or ‘‘I wonder what he’s doing…?’’
This means our children are exposed to hearing many more wonderful words and their replies will naturally stimulate further chat and conversation.