Plac­ing a value on talk

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON - Cather­ine Campbell, Spe­cial­ist Speech Lan­guage Ther­a­pist, Nel­son Tas­man Kinder­gartens

Last week I men­tioned how lan­guage and cog­ni­tion (think­ing) are in­ter­twined.

They hold hands and grow to­gether. One of sim­plest and eas­i­est ways to in­crease oral lan­guage is to be­gin by plac­ing a value on talk.

Chil­dren need to be able to talk to ex­press their thoughts and test out their ideas.

By plac­ing a value on talk we ac­knowl­edge that we ap­pre­ci­ate their talk­ing and think­ing.

Con­ver­sa­tion (ko­rero) is of value. So be a talk­ing cham­pion with your chil­dren.

Talk about all the funny, silly, in­ter­est­ing, long and tricky words you hear or read.

There are so many words we can chose from, not just English, so use the lan­guage you’re most com­fort­able with. If we make a mis­take when talk­ing, that’s ok; we fix it up and try again or use a dif­fer­ent word. Talk, it’s what we do here.

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