Use the following methods to work with the child to increase their expressive language skills.
|1.||If your child gets stuck, help him or her express what it is he or she wants to say.|
|2.||Model for your child. For example: the child wants a cookie.
Child says: cookie. Parent asks, "You want a cookie?" and then models "I want a cookie, please." for the child.
|3.||Have your child play the name game using things around the house or the car while traveling, such as chair, couch, beach, dog, cat, car, truck, etc.|
|4.||See how many different types of animals, colors, or shapes they can name designating the group for the child.|
|5.||Look in magazines and have your child cut out different pictures and put together a picture book categorizing the pictures into like groups. For example: animals, people, places, things, etc.|
|6.||Put together concept books, for example: size, color, texture, feeling, etc.) in which each page has an object of different sizes, textures, lengths, etc. to help develop use of descriptive words such as big, medium, little, long, short, tall, etc.|
|7.||Have your child tell you the directions of a game or how to make a sandwich.|
|8.||Play games that promote the use of language. Such as Simon Says, I Spy, Ring Around the Rosie, Duck Duck Goose, etc.|
|9.||Involve the child in making shopping lists, grocery shopping, writing a letter to a friend, or creating a birthday card for a friend or family member. Talk with your child about what you are doing and let them help you.|
|10.||Print out a simple to do list for your child for that particular day and display it.|
|11.||Sing songs together, read nursery rhymes together, have your child tell you a story.|
|12.||Have your child copy simple words onto a sheet of paper.|
|13.||Read aloud to your child.|
|14.||Have your child take the letters in their name and find other words that begin with the same letters.|
|15.||Place things out of their reach so they have to ask you for it.|
|16.||Purposely forget something to see if your child remembers it. For example your child wants some juice take out a glass and the juice but don't pour the juice in the cup.|
|17.||Give them choices every opportunity you can.|