5 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Language Development

 

One of the most victorious highlight of being a parent, aside from witnessing your baby’s first unassisted step, is your baby’s first word. Once you hear the first word of your baby, you would probably hold your breath for the next word your little one will utter, and each word will be heard with pride and joy.

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However, as a parent, how do you know that your child’s language development is progressing normally? What should you do if it doesn’t seem to be progressing the way it’s supposed to be? Aside from checking with your baby’s paediatrician, here’s what you can do to help boost your child’s language development.

  1. Read to Your Child

It has always been said that reading to your children helps a lot in improving their language development. While reading storybooks can greatly help in your child’s vocabulary, simple activities like pointing and naming objects also helps.

  1. Ask Questions

Even if your child doesn’t yet answer, asking him questions will help a lot in boosting his speech development. There are numerous things that go into this simple activity—recognizing that it is a question, understanding the question thinking for the answer, and putting the answer into words. Even if you don’t always receive a response, just continue asking anyway; you might be surprised you child will give you a well-though answer one day.

  1. Listen to Your Baby

Even adults get discouraged when talking to someone who doesn’t listen, so make sure to listen to your child when he blabbers to you. Give your full attention to him even if you don’t understand his words. If you child feels that he can effectively express himself, he’ll be encouraged to talk more.

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  1. Avoid Baby Talks

Some parents baby talk when talking to their babies and toddlers. Avoid doing this as this teaches wrong words, pronunciations, and sentence construction. If you need to use the word that your child made up, make sure to correct it and teach him the correct pronunciation of it every time.

  1. Lessen Exposure to Electronic Gadgets and Television

The increase in the number of children with speech deficiency has been attributed to increased exposure to electronic gadgets and television. According to Singapore paediatricians, children below two years old should have zero screen exposure—this includes, game consoles, gadgets, and TV shows. For above two years of age, screen time must be limited.

As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s language development. To ensure your little tot is a step ahead when it comes to language and speech progress, let these tips be your guide for nurturing your child’s language development.

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