Keep­ing up con­ver­sa­tion

The Leader (Nelson) - - CONVERSATIONS - CATHER­INE CAMP­BELL

Did you know chil­dren need to have around 10,000 words spo­ken to them each day in or­der to flour­ish?

That’s a stag­ger­ingly large num­ber and it sounds daunt­ing but there are nu­mer­ous stud­ies to show that chil­dren who start school with wide and var­ied vo­cab­u­lary will achieve suc­cess. The best gift you can give your child is to talk to them. Share a con­ver­sa­tion with them. You are gift ing your words and ideas and lay­ing the foun­da­tion for fu­ture suc­cess.

There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween say­ing ‘‘Break­fast is ready.’’ and say­ing ‘‘Here’s your break­fast, come to the ta­ble and eat it. You have ce­real which is very crunchy and milk, which comes from the cows.’’

And it’s not just be­ing talked at that helps our chil­dren flour­ish but it’s the back and forth turn-tak­ing con­ver­sa­tions that make a big dif­fer­ence. Have you had a con­ver­sa­tion with your child to­day?

– Cather­ine Camp­bell is a speech and lan­guage ther­a­pist at Nel­son Tas­man Kinder­gartens

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