COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR PARENTS

2 TO 3 YEARS

Read books with your child as often as you can. Talk about the pictures.  Let them fill in parts of familiar stories.

Make time to listen to your child when they are telling you something.  Stop what you are doing and get down to their level.

If your child’s sentence is muddled don’t correct them but repeat back to them how they could have said it.

Join in play with your child, following their lead.

Sing songs and nursery rhymes, pausing for them to fill in missing words.

Your child is still learning new words, and hearing them may times will help them to learn them quicker.

Don’t correct words that are not said correctly, as with muddled sentences just repeat back the word said with the correct sounds.

Play games that take turns such as simple pairs, lotto or catching a ball.

Restrict the amount of TV your child watches.  Make sure that your child has plenty of opportunities to interact with you, the rest of the family and friends.

Talk about and involve your child in everyday situations such as shopping, cooking or cleaning. Your child will enjoy these more when they are given a role to play and are included in conversations as they happen.

 

 

COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR PARENTS

3 TO 4 YEARS

Read books with your child as often as you can.  Talk about the pictures.  Let them fill in parts of familiar stories.  Read favourite books frequently.

Make time to listen to your child when they are telling you something.  Stop what you are doing and get down to their level.  Have a special time to talk about their day.

If your child’s sentence is muddled don’t correct them but repeat back to them how they could have said it.

Join in pretend play with your child, following their lead.  Let them be the ‘Mum’ or ‘teacher’.

Sing songs and nursery rhymes pausing for them to fill in missing words.

Introduce games with rules such as ‘snakes and ladders’.

Your child is still learning new words and hearing them many times will help them learn them quicker.

Don’t correct words that are not said correctly, as with muddled sentences just repeat back the word said with the correct sounds.

Restrict the amount of TV your child watches.  Make sure that your child has plenty of opportunities to interact with you, the rest of the family and friends.

Talk about and involve your child in everyday situations such as shopping, cooking and cleaning.  Your child will enjoy these more when they are given a role to play and are included in conversations as they happen.

 

 

COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR PARENTS

4 YEARS PLUS

Continue to spend time looking at and reading books together.  Talk about new words and their meanings.

Make sure you give your child time to talk, your child is trying to express more complex ideas and may need more time to respond to questions while they are getting their words sorted out before they speak.

Repeat back to your child what they said but reword it into a correct sentence rather than correcting them.

Play games with sounds and rhymes.  This will help with developing reading and writing skills.

Play board games to develop listening, turn taking and following rules. These can also be good for showing examples of good social language.

Make sure you set a good example of social language by using words such as ‘please’ and ‘hello’ at appropriate times so that your child can use these words and recognise when they are needed.

Involve your child in everyday routines.

Encourage imaginative play and join in pretend games with your child.

Make sure you know what your child is learning at Pre-School and reinforce with games, books and activities at home.  This will help them learn new words more easily and allow them to practice and use language associated with their learning more often.

Be aware of when you are using expressions such as ‘pull your socks up’, make sure you explain the meaning.  This can be fun for children to learn at this age.

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