July: Article on As They Grow: Encourage Language in Young Children

We spend a lot of time on the go and outside in July, but parents can still encourage more words during these activities.  The University of Kansas developed a great resource:  Strategies for Promoting Communication and Language of Infants and Toddlers.  Specific examples of how to encourage language are provided.  Two that can be used this summer with your child:

Commenting and labeling
When your child is doing something, talk about their actions or the objects they are playing with.  Their brain is already focused on these and you are just providing the language to go with it.  If your child is playing with sand, you might say : “You’re pouring the sand in the bowl,”  or “Deandra has filled her bowl with sand,” or  “The sand feels cool on my fingers.”  When your child is moving, comment:  “You’re climbing so high,” or “You can run so fast.”

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