5 Tips To Foster Language Development


During the early years (0-5, children learn language naturally through their environment by participating in back and forth interactions with the adults in their lives. Here are ways to encourage language development:

  1. Spend time face-to-face: Sit with your child at their level when communicating with them. This encourages eye contact, developing an understanding of facial expressions, and aids in learning how to produce sounds.
  2. Simplify what you say: Keep sentences short. For example, instead of saying, “Let’s go outside and play in the pool because it’s a hot day,” you could say, “Let’ go swim. It’s hot!”.
  3. Emphasize key words when reading: To highlight the most important informant, use increased volume and intonation.
  4. Use repetition: Your child needs to hear new words many times and in a variety of contexts to fully grasp their meaning and how to use them.
  5. Let your child lead: The most meaningful learning happens in the moment when a child is truly interested and fully participating. Talk about what your child is doing in that moment.

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