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Teach your child to talk!  Language Learning for parents to use with their childen …for teachers and other professional as well! 

  1. Help your child learn to love singing, babbling, talking, humming, whispering,  talking, talking and talking some more!  A nod of the head is also a way of communication; non-verbal speech can be very powerful! !  Non-verbal expressions also fall into the category of communicating and talking!
  2. Tell stories, jokes, use words as play toys. 
  3. Spread words and gestures over your child as you would a blanket, a layer of protection, love and affection! 
  4. Words should never hurt! Use words to stop a child from danger or from hurting another child.
  5. Use words in the bathroom (Lalala) while brushing teeth, us words in the kitchen for naming ingredients while cooking or cleaning, in family rooms for dancing, laughing and playing games! 
  6.  Words are verbal gifts given to others.  Use kind words.   “Please” and “thank you” are powerful words! 
  7. Harsh words are sometimes necessary, but soften them with a tone of voice that signals forgiveness, as well as purpose.  Shouting, screaming and yelling are not real words, except in safety situations!   Use them for alerts to danger but not for hurtful revenge!  Soften the words if you have to be harsh!  Protect your child with words very early in life.   
  8. “Stop”, for example, is an order…a direction to follow, a command that means business!   
  9. Think out loud!  Use vocal expressions and make a point out of repeating commands and directions several times!  There is nothing wrong with restating the same message or command several times over!    
  10. Repetition is how parents teach a child.  Words are repeated sometimes for years. Parents have the right to be as repetitious as is necessary! 
  11. Be kind not harsh in your tone of voice!  Use eye contact and if your child ignores you come right up to the child’s face and say, “you need to sit and listen.”
  12. Think first, Listen and then Talk…teach your child to do the same! 
  13. Listening is part of talking …always listen first and think then talk when there are points that you wish to make!  You need to teach children to do the same thing….repeat back to me!  What did you just say?
  14. Tell stories as fast as you can make them up! Communicate: Ask for stories from your child! Tell stories when traveling, teach your child that the best stories are just invented and silly!
  15. Engage your child by telling stories while traveling and leave handheld devices at home except on long trips! 
  16. Repetitious, imaginative pretend play at home is the best way for children to express their feelings!   At any age inventing and made-up-games are the best way to teach children to use words instead of yelling or crying!   .
  17. Improve questioning techniques by pausing, folding fingers together, restating the questions.
  18. It is perfectly okay to help children with school or recreational work!  Parents will learn a lot! 
Ask Dr. Susan