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Language Stimulation Techniques – By Susan H. Turben

I. Talking to Your Child

  1. Eliciting Language from a reluctant child.

  2. Solo play: child and adult each play with own toys.

    1. Self talk: adult comments about what he/she is doing or feeling (Brmbrmbrm, truck fast. My truck’s big.)

  3. Contact play: help child find a block, put another one on his/her pile

    1. Parallel talk: adult comments about what child is doing or feeling. (There is a cup. If I hit the cup on the floor it makes a noise. Bang, bang, bang the cup.)

    2. Where is the Egg? Game

      Child and parent sit together. Child closes his eyes. The parent hides the egg behind his back or in another place. The parent says, “Where is the egg?” The child names the place after looking for the egg.

  4. Intersecting play and self-talk: feeding your doll a  piece of fruit child has on playhouse table (Say: Baby is eating the apple. Mmm, good apple.)

    1. Surprise Boxes - Make surprise boxes by wrapping them up and having child guess what might be inside.Then unwrap them and have child describe the object or objects and how they are used.

  5. Cooperative play (Say: Bring your truck and blocks to build my tower.)

    1. What goes together? What doesn’t? (flannel board game) Parent puts flannel pieces on flannel board. Child is asked to find what objects are different, alike, etc. Objects can be discriminated by shape or color.

  6. Echoing

  7. Expanding the child’s statement: Child says: bear. Adult: Yes, see bear.

  8. Correction: Child: Me eat. Adult: Yes, I eat.

  9. Stress change (emphasis on omitted word): Child: Sock foot. Adult: Sock on foot.

  10. Modeling the language target: Adult-child conversation (Here duck; duck go quack, quack. Pig big, fat. He pink? Yes. See pig on farm. Where mother pig? There she is!)

  11. What’s in the Egg?

    1. Ask child to look at a tray of items and name the items on the tray.

    2. Tell the child to close his/her eyes. Remove one of the items and place inside a Legg’s egg.

    3. Ask child to open his/her eyes and guess which item is in the egg by the process of elimination. (Use only 3 or 4 items at first, then expand up to 10.) Child may shake the egg to obtain a hint as to what’s inside.

  12. Draw a Ball

    1. Give your child a blank piece of paper and crayons.

    2. Give simple directions, such as “Draw a ball in any color, but put it in one of the corners of your paper.”

    3. After the child has had a chance to follow the directions, have her tell you what she did. A child might say, “I drew a red ball in the upper corner of my paper.”

  13. Vocabulary Building

  14. Refer to various experiences that emphasize real object words (looking at apple, tasting, smelling, hearing the apple crunch).

  15. Repetition of word: which shirt do you want to wear? How about this shirt? Shirt? (holding up the shirt) Yellow shirt. I like this shirt, too. Hand him the shirt.

  16. Hearing and seeing what the word is not. Here is your hat (handing a child a shoe). This is not a hat.

  17. Manipulation of environment. Child says: More (ice cream); Adult says: More ice cream, say “ice cream.”

  18. Easter Rabbits (finger play)

    Five little Easter rabbits sitting by the door;
    One hopped away then there were four

    Refrain:  Hop, hop, hop, hop, (clap four times)
                    See how they run
                    Hop, hop, hop, hop (clap four times)
                    They think it’s great fun!

    Four little Easter rabbits under a tree
    One hopped away and then there were three. Refrain.

    Three little Easter rabbits looking at you;
    One hopped away and then there were two. Refrain.

    Two little Easter rabbits resting in the sun;
    One hopped away and then there was one. Refrain.

    One little Easter rabbit left all alone:
    He hopped away and then there were none.

    Hop, hop, hop, hop; All gone away!
    Hop, hop, hop, hop; They’ll come back someday

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