Top tips for talk­ing

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CATHER­INE CAMP­BELL

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

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