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Early Language Development

Early Language Development

Resources

These resources will help develop your child's early language development.

Choice Making (PDF, 263Kb)

Choices are a good way to encourage your child to say new words, without them feeling as if they are 'performing' for you.

Developing Early Language (PDF, 127Kb)

The aim of this programme is to further expand and develop your child's vocabulary and expressive language.

Developing Interaction Tools (PDF, 254Kb)

Following your child's lead gives a strong signal that you are interested in what the child is doing. It increases the likelihood of your language being focused on the child's point of interest and it helps the child to sustain his concentration.

Early Play (PDF, 141Kb)

Play is important for language development and imaginative thinking. As children play they explore the world, and begin to understand more about how things around them work.

Encouraging Vocalisations (PDF, 162Kb)

Children start to make noises/sounds before they use words. This is an important stage that children go through in learning to talk. Your child is beginning to experiment with different sounds and will eventually attach meaning to these.

Ideas to Develop Eye Contact (PDF, 232Kb)

We learn a lot about people by looking at their faces. Try to encourage your child to WANT to look at you. This will help your child to communicate.

Imaginative Play (PDF, 220Kb)

Play is important for language development and imaginative thinking. As children play they explore the world, and begin to understand more about how things around them work.

Looking for Learning (PDF, 133Kb)

The aims of looking for learning are; for your child to look in the direction that you are looking or pointing in, and to then look back at you for some sort of information about what you are looking at.

Mapping (PDF, 130Kb)

Mapping is commenting directly on your child’s actions and needs. You can use mapping both during play sessions and, if you can, to verbalise their needs.

Requesting "More!" (PDF, 236Kb)

One of the first messages a child will learn to communicate is to say they want something! Another early message that children learn to communicate is to say that they want “more” of something.

Turn Taking (PDF, 194Kb)

Some children find it difficult to wait, share and take turns. Turn taking is a really important skill to develop at an early stage to help develop the rules of turn taking in conversations. 

Your Speech and Language Therapist will be able to provide more advice and information. Contact us on 01902 444363.

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