Bag of Tricks: Speech & Language Tools

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  • 14 Months 3 Weeks - Following Your Child’s Lead

    Roman leading us to toy store. At this point I am sure your child is becoming more assertive.  With that assertiveness comes more persistent gestures.  Your child may even pull your arm toward things they want you to see or they want.  You of course want your child to develop listening skills, but it’s also great to follow a child’s lead.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Roman in the supermarket We actually find that following a child’s lead can lead to crucial language learning.  For instance, if your child is pulling your arm you can add in some language such as having them imitate “come” or “come here”.  When you get to the area or item they bring you to it is a perfect opportunity to label items you see, actions, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Roman leading the way in the street. Let’s say your child is really into pointing to request, comment, etc.  You can give them language such as “Look” to call attention.  They may not imitate you the first time, but after many times you will see that it’s going to stick!  And once again, you can also label nouns, actions, adjectives, and more.  The more you follow your child’s lead in this structured way the more language you are going to see develop right before your eyes because you are targeting things that they are interested in!