Parents' Point

How Parents Can Help With Speech & Language Development


Speech and language development is critically important in the overall

development of a child. It is the most important basic skill, so...


Use clear speech when talking to your child, and be a good listener when he

talks to you.


Praise your child for good speech and language. Make talking pleasurable

without pressure.


Be patient if your child’s speech is not perfect. Impatience may cause him to

become self-conscious and to avoid speaking.


Do not constantly criticize or correct your child’s speech, and do not allow others

to do so either.


Give your child a chance to get what he wants by using speech. Do not

respond too quickly to gestures that the child uses in place of speech.


Play with sounds. Take turns copying each other’s sounds. Make sounds that

resemble the noises made by playthings and animals.


Play games to help your child gain motor control of his tongue. Have him move

his tongue quickly from side to side, use it to try to touch his nose and his

chin, stick it in and out quickly, blow “raspberries”.


Demonstrate sounds. Have your child look in the mirror as he tries to make

his sounds like you do.


Point out the sounds in words. Let your child listen and watch you say words

containing specific sounds. It’s alright to exaggerate the sounds at first.


Choose one sound at a time to concentrate on. Don’t try to correct all of your

child’s speech sound errors at once.


Begin practicing with sounds that are easier to produce. Those sounds are

the ones that can be easily copied because their place and manner of

production are easy to see and / or feel.


Pick short periods of time to work on improvements. Your child should

consider the practice to be “play”, not “work”.

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