Communication through verbal is the main method people use to communicate. Every parents dream their child to be able to talk clearly as soon as can be. Talking skills is important for each children to serves many purposes. Children express verbally their emotions, daily needs, educational needs and also for them to engage in play with peers.
Parents play an important role to help children learn how to talk according to the development. Here are some of the useful tips for parents to help their children to talk:
- Eye Contact during Communication
Children learn mostly by imitating adult’s behavior and speech. Children learn to imitate the movement of the mouth and word production by observing adults doing it. Eye contact also helps strengthening parent-child interaction.
Effective eye contact occurs at the best when their eye is at the child’s eye level. Parent can just sit and lower down their body in front of the child and sometimes parent can lie down to get appropriate eye contact.
- Singsong voice
- Talk About Daily Activity
Language stimulation in daily activity can take place especially during dinnertime. Parents can name or comments about the food and ask questions.
- Encourage Children to Take Turn in Communication
Children can learn to take turns as early as baby. Mommy or daddy can initiate vocalizes then wait for child to response. Baby response usually by vocalizing sounds. Continue turn taking by imitating your baby vocalization and add on new sounds. Give time for your baby to respond. The waiting time is important to make sure your child understands his turn.
- Create Opportunity to Communicate
Parents can create opportunity by asking directly to the child whether he wants the things or not. Example, “Hilmi, do you want bread or rice?”. Encourage your child to response with answering verbally or by using gestures. Child usually indicates what he wants nonverbally by head nod and finger pointing. Children will learn to initiate when they understand their response give impact on others.
- Use Simple Sentences
The sentences length and complexity can be increased once the child showed development of their language. Use sentences or phrases instead of single word when talking with your child. Say “open the door” instead of “open” when you are opening the door.
- Repeat Daily Activities for Stimulation
Parents can use the same book for few days depending on childrens interest. Share the books with your child according to his development. Parents can use one word extra compared to the child’s current level. Eg: Parents use 2 or 3 words while the child is at one word level.
Encourage child to imitate the word being produced by you. These activities are really helpful to polish your child language and potential when its use daily.
- Encourage Child to do Simple Task
- Encourage Physical and Art Activity
Parents can encourage children to do physical and art activity to reduce and help them manage their negative emotions. According to a research, this activities can help child express their feelings effectively and help to promote better speech-language development.
All children have their own hidden potential that is different from others. Some children talk faster than the others. Therefore, parents play an important role to facilitate children’s optimum potential by using tips and techniques discussed above.
Success are guaranteed when parents use the techniques with sincerity and confidence. Praising on positive effort of a child also can help the child to continuously maintain the goals.
|Last Reviewed||:||12 October 2016|
|Penulis||:||Norazizah bt. Kadil|
|Translator||:||Maryam bt. Aizuddin|
|Accreditor||:||Nur Fariha bt. Md. Shah|