Do you have a child speaking at the single word level? Trying to figure out how to expand on what they are saying? A lot of times we tend to label the objects in our environment to increase the words our children say. Instead, we need to use a lot of action words (what the objects are doing). So, if your child has a baby doll (and I encourage all children to have
a baby doll), you could use some of these action words to describe what you are doing to the baby during play: wash, pat, drink, burp, bounce, sing, kiss, hug, cry, lay down, rock, change, dry). While you play together, model those action words. For example, you could say, “Wash the baby” as you wash the baby (this gives your child an opportunity to connect meaning to the words you are saying). As your child has more action words in their
vocabulary, you’ll see them start to combine words.
~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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