A comprehensive look at a few very simple and easy tricks to help your
child learn and develop their language skills.
Check your child’s ability to hear, and pay attention to
ear problems and infections, especially when they keep occurring.
- Reinforce your baby’s communication attempts by looking at him or
her, speaking, and imitating his or her vocalizations.
- Repeat his or her laughter and facial expressions.
- Teach your baby to imitate actions, such as peekaboo, clapping, blowing
kisses, pat-a-cake, itsy bitsy spider, and waving bye-bye. These games
teach turn taking that is needed for conversation.
- Talk while you are doing things, such as dressing, bathing, and feeding
(e.g., “Mommy is washing Sam’s hair”; “Sam is
eating carrots”; “Oh, these carrots are good!”).
- Talk about where you are going, what you will do once you get there, and
who and what you’ll see (e.g., “Sam is going to Grandma’s
house. Grandma has a dog. Sam will pet the dog.”).
- Teach animal sounds (e.g., “A cow says ‘moo'”).
- Communicate with your child in the language you are most comfortable using.