Sunday, May 2, 2010

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  Here are some practical tips any parent can use to encourage better understanding and use of language.  Try some of these out and while you are out celebrating BSHM why don't you give a big hug to all the hearing and speech professionals out there??? 

•Model grammatically correct language in your home
•Explain words that are new for your child
•Describe your activities as you are doing them
•Turn off the television
•Read books with your children
•Talk with your child even if they cannot respond
•Give your child time to formulate his answers to your questions
•Accept signs and gestures as well as vocalizations for minimally verbal communicators. This will make your child less frustrated
•Expand on what your child says to increase expressive language
•Play games to practice concepts like taking turns, following rules and attending to a task
•Support your child to help complete homework assignments
•Build your child’s esteem by providing positive reinforcement • Play games that help your child categorize
•Involve your child in cooking or baking activities. Talk out-loud about each of the steps

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