Top tips for talk­ing

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE -

As a speech lan­guage ther­a­pist I of­ten get asked ‘‘what can I do to sup­port my child’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills?’’

There are so many sim­ple things par­ents can do to ac­tively en­cour­age and sup­port their child, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the preschool years.

Over the next few weeks I will be stand­ing in for Brenda Hold­away and I will be shar­ing plenty of help­ful tips for talk­ing.

When­ever I meet a fam­ily for the first time I al­ways ask the par­ents about the child’s hear­ing. Be­ing able to hear and ac­tively lis­ten to all the sounds and words in the en­vi­ron­ment is es­sen­tial for com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment.

A child’s hear­ing abil­ity can fluc­tu­ate de­pend­ing on whether they have a cold, fluid in the ears, or an ear in­fec­tion.

If you have any con­cerns about your child’s hear­ing it’s im­por­tant to get it checked by your GP and re­quest a re­fer­ral to au­di­ol­ogy to fully as­sess.

Cather­ine Campbell is a speech lan­guage ther­a­pist with Nel­son Tas­man Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion

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