The most effective formula to stimulate your children and encourage them to speak is to create a suitable linguistic environment around them, talking to them, reading them stories, inventing games. There are a thousand and one ways to get your children to launch into the exciting world of language. Interested in learning more? Keep reading as in today’s article, we bring you steps to follow so you can help your child them speak.
Talk to Them
You can create situations in which they dialogue with you, without directing them and forcing them to talk about something that doesn’t interest them. Not sure to understand what we mean? Here we give you an example.
Let’s pretend your baby says its first words, “Tete” when he sees his pacifier, and as parents are really moved by it. And when your mother comes to visit, as a parent you make an effort to show your baby his pacifier so he repeats the word. But, in vain. Instead of paying you attention, your baby is fixing another object nearby.
If you rather insist, try to make him pronounce a word in which he is interested or is looking at. Tell the name of the object, pick it up and bring it too him while tell him more about the object. That way, it would be easier for your children to learn that word.
In summary, what we want to explain here is that it is important to pay attention to what captures your children’s interest and talk to him about it, instead of being obsessed with directing their speech.
Use an Appropriate Language for Them
Remember your children are young, so they do not use very difficult words that they do not understand. But they are not a one week old babies either if you want them to learn speaking, so avoid infantilizing the vocabulary and use “dog” and “cat” instead of “ouf ouf” or “Meow/kitty”.
They thus will learn to pronounce these words well. In short, use a language that suits their age or is a little above. It is also important that you look at them when you speak to them and that you do it slowly so that they understand you better.
Practice New Games
You already know that the best way to create favorable situations for communication with your children is to carry out activities that attract their attention. If they are new, they will be more interested and learn more. They do not have to be specific language stimulation games, just interesting for them.
For istance, there are even kid’s songs on YouTube with a choreography or poems with a rhythmic sequence that will help them sharpen their ears and, therefore, to speak correctly.
Use Body Language
The more gestures you make when talking to your children, the more information you are giving them and, therefore, the easier it will be for them to understand what you want to say. Point to the object you name, smile when they do something to your satisfaction, and frown if you don’t like it.
Repeat What They Say, While Correcting Them
The best way to do this is to repeat what they have said but do it correctly. And if the statement that they have used is incomplete, finish it yourself, but keeping the same meaning that your childrem wanted to give it.
Read Them Stories
If your children can’t read, do it yourself. Show them the pictures, and encourage them to name the objects that appear in the story and that they know; let them make up the story and pretend to read… Of course, don’t prolong the reading beyond their ability to pay attention and when they look tired -stop and let them rest.
There you are! With those steps, you should easily be able to help your children learn to speak quickly. Have we missed any tips? Share them in the comments below!