Ever wondered how children pick up speaking while growing up? It’s through listening to the specific language spoken by their caregiver that they pick up on the language. As such, always try to communicate with your little ones as much as possible, as it shows your willingness to attempt at communication and conversation, in turn allowing them to put their budding verbal skills to practice.
Talk to your child regularly. This gives them more opportunities to hear and develop their language capabilities. A good tip would be to read to your child or point out things that they find interesting. In addition, as the primary caregiver of your child, your various speech actions will encourage them to speak up more and help in their linguistic development.
Enunciate Your Words
It’s not just about talking to your child, it’s also important to note the way you talk to them. Ever noticed how there’s a difference in the way we talk to our child as compared to the people around us? This form of child-directed speech that encompasses the exaggerated manner in which most of us speak to babies and young children can actually aid in their language development. This is due to the exaggerated intonation and speech sounds that help them to pick up on how words are properly pronounced and where each word starts and stops in a sentence – so be mindful to not slur your speeches the next time you’re talking to a little one!
Whenever we talk to our peers, it’s always polite to give them our full attention and maintain eye contact. The same can be said when communicating with your child, so always be present when they are talking to further encourage them to speak and verbalise more. Additionally, giving them your full attention will also show them that you care and that you place importance into hearing what they have to say.
Communication is a two-way street. This means that instead of having a monologue, you should allow your kid some time to have their say regardless of their age. Additionally, having back and forth conversations with your child also creates a simulation of how people talk in real-life and in turn teaches them how to not only be a good talker but a good listener too.