Parents like us feel euphoric hearing our child speak their first words. We document them, we post them on social media, and we tell our friends.
We also feel anxious when we don’t see them reaching that milestone. Some of us are in denial telling ourselves that they are just delayed. They can keep up eventually. A common mistake that can cause our child’s speech development.
Others parents will immediately take action and have their children checked by a speech pathologist/therapist.
Of course, most first time parents wouldn’t know what to do. We just make assumptions. It’s a hit or miss.
If you see your child not developing according to standard speech and language milestones, it wouldn’t hurt to have them checked.
While waiting though, it’s good to have some basics to help our child go through the process.
Here are a few tips to help your child’s speech and language development.
1. Learn to use the language that your child is familiar with. Avoid the use of mixed languages.
You should learn to keep your points and sentences simple, clear and straight to the point. Say one thing at a time.
2. Make use of body languages like gestures. Point at the things that you want them to know.
A great example is to make animated gestures like passing the book and saying that you are passing the book. Hold a spoon a spoon and say that you are holding a spoon. Explain what is it for while showing it to your child.
3. Learn what interests your child most or what they love doing and make use of them to drive their attention. You can use that as the point of conversation.
If your child loves cars, play with them but explain in a subtle manner movements and actions using the toy i.e. the car is moving up the hill, etc.
4. Let your child interact with others, by working or playing alongside other kids.
Interaction with other kids can do wonders. Kids imitate other kids. Of course, it’s necessary to be there to advise a kid whether what he is imitating is good or not.
5. When your child starts speaking, invest on children’s book.
Read with your child. Teach him or her how to read and how to say letters and sounds properly.
What else can we do to help our child with speech delay?
As parents, the best thing to do is to educate ourselves. Read books and other informational materials on speech and language development. Or have you kids checked by developmental pediatrician or speech pathologists or therapist if you see first signs of this condition.
Do you know any other tips to help your child’s speech and language development? We love to hear your thoughts.