How To Help Preschoolers With Their Speaking Skills

Children’s communication skills develop at varying rates.  We all know children that have started talking as early as 9 months and developed quite a vocabulary by age 3.  But just as likely, you know some children that didn’t start to speak until around age 2.

No matter what age your child starts talking, there are things you can do to help him develop his vocabulary, comprehension and communication skills. One of the earliest things you might incorporate into play is singing songs that are repetitive.  Playing with Puppets is another way to talk back and forth with your child, having little conversations.  Even if you are just saying “Hello, how are you?”  this gets the idea of having a conversation going.

Allowing children to share their feelings and tell stories can help them develop their language skills.  Any verbal interaction will be helpful.  Other activities you can encourage that will help are:

  • Recite nursery rhymes
  • Learn finger plays
  • Talk on the telephone
  • Ask questions
  • Show and tell
  • Whisper messages
  • Say the alphabet
  • Count to 10
  • Describe things they see

Remember that your little one will learn at his own pace, so just enjoy time together and always try to be encouraging.  Some children have speaking difficulties and it could be difficult for them but always let them know that you are interested and are trying to be attentive.

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