Top tips for talking
Science tells us that there are three simple things we can do to support our children with their communication.
To everyone’s immense relief it’s the simple things that most of us do naturally without thinking about why or how. So what are these magical three things?
It all boils down to the following: read more, sing more and talk more. Even more specifically, it means talking about previous events (or adventures) and recalling past experiences with your child. Learning to talk is like a game of dot to dot.
The experiences and routines in your child’s life provide the framework to learn new words and language structures.
Engaging interactions between the child and their parents, teachers and whanau helps to join the dots of experience together.
By remembering what you did together on the weekend, or when you went to grandma’s house, or even the supermarket, you are cementing the actions and words together.
Catherine Campbell is a speech language therapist with Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association