Because I’m a speech-language pathologist, you will probably be surprised to see this tip from me, but I really encourage you to take time to be silent when you are with your child. Often, as the adults in the little one’s life, we think it’s best to provide language by talking – talking to them about what they are doing and talking to them about what we are doing. Although I am a big fan of talking to your child, I am also a big fan of giving your child the opportunity to think, learn, and to figure out the world around them. Sometimes, the best way for them to do
that is for you to be present, observing them, reacting through facial expressions and touch, and responding based on their communication. I recently read that dialogue between a child and a parent should be equal. Have
communication between yourself and your child be a back and forth exchange instead of just one dominating the interaction. Tomorrow, I’ll offer ideas on how this might look.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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