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Posted On June - 17 - 2016 0 Comment

While there will always be instances in which professional speech therapy for children cannot be avoided, parents can nonetheless make an enormous difference when it comes to their own child’s speech and language development.  Every parent wants their child to grow up with the strongest possible speech and language skills, along with the confidence required to put them to use in everyday life. Nevertheless, actually knowing where to start with such things and how to avoid anything counterproductive can be challenging and daunting to say the least.

In terms of vocabulary, there really is so much every parent can do to help introduce new words and phrases to their children. What’s more, the earlier such efforts are made, the better!

So with this in mind, here’s a quick rundown of just a few tips from the experts on how to help improve your child’s vocabulary on a day to day basis:

Introduce More Advanced Words During Conversation

First and foremost, while it is important to keep your own language relatively simple in order to ensure that your child can understand you, this doesn’t mean that you cannot occasionally introduce one or two grown-up words. The idea being that in a sentence your child is familiar with on a subject they understand, you introduce a word they clearly will not understand and will have to seek clarification on. And if they don’t seek clarification, you can ask them if they know what it means and teach them the meaning.

Let Your Child Tell the Story

Instead of reading a story to your child each and every night before bed, consider instead letting them take charge. This does not even necessarily have to involve the book of any sort as you can let their imagination run wild and make the story up themselves. Not only will this help improve their confidence and their speech and language abilities at the same time, but it will also give you plenty of opportunity to question them on the details of the story, introducing new words for them to use.

Talk Regularly

Unsurprisingly, the single most important and helpful tip of all when it comes to improving the child’s vocabulary is to speak with them on a more regular basis.  They will pick up words in accordance with your speech and your activities all the time – the more you speak and the more you involve them in your day to day a routine, the more words they will pick up. They absorb absolutely everything they hear like a sponge, so feel free to speak out loud a constant dialogue of everything you are doing and ask questions accordingly to encourage conversation where possible.

Play Word Games

Without any shadow of doubt whatsoever, playing word games can be spectacularly beneficial when it comes to improving vocabulary and language skills in general. There are literally thousands of board games and computer games that can the purchased for exactly such purposes, along with a wide variety of simple pen and paper games. The reason this approach can be one of the most effective of all is the way in which it adds both enjoyment and a little healthy competition into the learning process. Even if you aren’t particularly won over by the idea of your children using mobile devices, there are some simply outstanding educational games and apps available these days.

Post-It Notes

Another great way of introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary is to simply pepper your entire home in sticky labels and post-it notes. It might look a mess for a while, but in doing so you will ensure that each and every time your child encounters an everyday object, they are presented with not only what it is, but also how to spell it. Suffice to say therefore, this carries a double-hit of benefit in terms of their education and development – albeit at the expense of your home looking anything but clean and tidy for a while!

Correct Carefully

As for the tricky subject of correcting kids when they make mistakes with their use of language, one of the best ways of going about it is to simply repeat the sentence or word back to them correctly, as opposed to telling them the mistake they made. This way, they hear how the sentence or word is supposed to be spoken and are far less likely to make the same mistake next time. Should the mistake continue repeatedly however, you can step in, but do so with positivity and praise, as opposed to reprimand in them.

Be Patient

Last but not least, it’s of crucial importance to remember that each and every child always develops at an entirely different rate from that of every other, meaning comparisons from one child to the next one are never advisable. Exercise patience and be proactive at all times, remembering that there are always plenty of readily available speech and language therapists standing by if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever.


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