Building toys are great for promoting creativity and imagination, but they are also great for developing language and communication skills!
🧱 Early words and vocabulary • When you place a block on top of another, say ‘up’, ‘more’, or ‘on’ • When the tower is built, say ‘ready, steady ... DOWN!’ • You can have possession of the blocks and encourage your child to ask for more by saying ‘more’ or ‘please’
🧱 Basic concepts • Talk about colours, shapes, sizes and locations
🧱 Social and attention skills • Spend quality time with your child on the same activity for bonding • Follow your child’s lead and copy what they are building • Take turns putting a block on the tower • Discuss what to build and work together! Could be a house for Peppa Pig, a carriage for a horse, or even a dinosaur
For older kids who outgrow basic blocks/bricks? Try Lego sets!
🧱 Following instructions • Read the instruction manual together • Find especially shaped pieces • Follow the sequence and put the custom set together
What if they get bored of custom sets? Go back to the basics! Build anything in whatever way they want it!
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Bubbles can be used to target many language goals! Below are some of my favourite ways of using bubbles:
🔆Preverbal skills Practice action imitation. Parents can model the below actions for your child to imitate - clap at the bubbles to make them pop. - punch the bubbles with fists - poke the bubbles with pointed index fingers
Encourage eye-contact. Parents can hold the bubbles next to your face and wait for the child to make eye-contact with you before blowing it.
🔆 Learn vocabularies Bubbles are good for kids to learn verbs, adjectives and short phrases! - Verbs: open, blow, pop - Adjectives: big, small, wet, many - 2-3 word sentences: “blow bubbles”, “I want bubbles”
🔆 Practice speech sounds - /b/: Say “bubbles” or “blow” - /p/: Say “pop” - /m/: Say “more”
Research shows that: 🔎 All children are capable of learning MULTIPLE languages, including those with additional learning needs 🔎 Learning 2 languages DOES NOT cause confusion or language delay 🔎 Learning another language STRENGTHENS cognitive abilities
Our advice: 💡 Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking with your child so they can get the best language model 💡 Try to introduce new languages as early as possible 💡 Be consistent with the language strategy you want to adopt, e.g., speaking mainly one language at home 💡 Do not use technology as a mode to teach your child another language. Playing songs and games is beneficial, but solely using them to teach a language is not advised
Learning multiple languages is a fun and exciting way of developing language and also allows children to have more opportunities to communicate within diverse cultures and communities.
[What is Teletherapy?] • An alternative medium where therapists deliver services online via a live video platform • Allows both parties to interact with each other and with the materials prepared by therapists • Provides the continuation of your child’s therapy at home or in any quiet environment with good internet connection • Is fun, exciting, engaging and extremely child-friendly (which child doesn’t like learning on screens?) • Is as effective as face-to-face therapy according to research!
[Who can benefit from teletherapy?] • Children who have been receiving face-to-face therapy for speech sounds, language skills, fluency, social communication, etc. • Parents and caregivers who seek coaching and support
Each child is unique and has different strengths and needs. It would be best to talk to your speech therapist to determine whether teletherapy is suitable for your child. ...
Research indicates that about 20-30% of children who are late to talk (otherwise developing typically) DO NOT grow out of their language delay on their own.
There is currently no way of identifying which Late Talkers will continue to struggle with language development. While 70–80% of Late Talkers may seem to catch up to their peers by the time they start school, they may continue to have subtle difficulties with language and literacy skills.
Our advice: 💡DO NOT go for a ‘wait and see’ approach. It’s NEVER too early to seek help! 💡The earlier a child with delay gets support, the better the outcome will be
Early language intervention makes a big difference to a child who needs it!
⭐️Research shows that we only use 7% of our communication through words, but 93% through non-verbal communication, e.g., gesture, tone of voice ⭐️Teaching a child the use of gestures or pictures can help eliminate frustrations for your child, as they can use another mode of communication to express their wants and needs ⭐️Using both pictures and sign language will also develop your child’s attention and cognitive skills ⭐️More modes of language input can result in a better chance for your child to learn and take in language
Toy cars are one of children’s favorite toys! How can they be used to facilitate young children’s language learning?
🔆 Build communication temptation Put the cars in a zip bag or transparent container that your child cannot reach or open. Have your child make a request to get or open it, which could be a question, a word or a gesture (e.g., pointing)
🔆 Create verbal routines & play with sounds Parents can model vehicle sounds (e.g., “beep beep”, “vroom vroom”, “honk honk”) and short phrases (e.g., “ready, set, go”, “stop the car”, “push the car”)
🔆 Expand vocabularies Cars have many associated words that are good for children to learn - Part/whole relationships: wheels, doors, windows, trunk - Nouns: types of vehicles (e.g., race car, van, taxi) - Verbs: go, push, stop - Adjectives: fast, slow, big, small, red, shiny, clean
🔆 Develop social skills Playing with 1 car at a time is a great way to learn turn-taking and sharing - Initiate a turn: Practise saying “Your turn” or passing the toy car to adult - Wait for turn: Practise waiting while adult takes the turn - Receive a turn: Practise saying “My turn” or receiving the toy car from adult
The first few years of childhood are considered critical window for language development. Specifically, children learn language through social interactions with others. Screen time CANNOT replace the social interactions that are required for language learning and communication. Every minute spent on looking at a screen is a missed opportunity for parent-child interaction!
Our advice: 💡Minimize the use of electronic devices 💡Under 2 years: NO screen time; 2-5 years: Limit screen time to 1 hour/day 💡When screen time is unavoidable (a big IF!), select shows with good language input, watch them together with your child, and talk about them to initiate conversations
Social interactions packed full of quality language input is the key to early language success!
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