Ridge Zeller Therapy’s Nadia Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP, shares activity-oriented tips for parents to encourage a child’s speech-language development:
Listening is just as important as talking.
Addressing receptive language (what your child understands) is just as important as what they are saying. You can simply have them point to pictures you name in a book or choose named objects. Some kids are like sponges that don’t like to clean ☺ they are soaking up all the information coming at them but just won’t talk!
Sometimes they need more time, but if you are truly concerned with their speech and language skills follow up with your pediatrician or your local speech language pathologist.
Here are some great and inexpensive activities which encourage language development at home. Have fun with your little ones!
0-1 year old – Use bath vocabulary to describe what you are doing (rinsing, scrubbing, shampoo, body parts, etc.). When they are old enough to be sitting in the tub, show them different objects and name them 2-3 times. If your child is pointing, you can hold up two objects and have them point to the one you name.