How to stimulate language in young children

How to stimulate language in young children

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From birth, the child performs a series of behaviors that are considered prior to language (screams, gestures, vocalizations, crying, babbling, humming ...) that constitute the basis for their future linguistic development.

From this moment the child will develop their communicative behaviors that will make the appearance of oral language easier through interaction with their figures of reference. Therefore, we can consider that parents are the main engines in the development of oral language of their children. Therefore, you should review These tips on how to stimulate language in young children.

We present you a series of recommendations to stimulate the baby's oral language:

1. Take advantage of everyday situations to stimulate language: at meals, in the bathroom, at games, going to school, in the park ...

2. When you talk to him, look him in the face and encourage eye contact. This is very important for the future understanding of the emotions, the gestures of the other and the moods of the interlocutor.

3. It is advisable to mark the intonation well, sing songs, use a soft tone, modulate the voice depending on the communicative situation.

4. Imitate and respond to his vocalizations and sounds so that you establish a “conversation” with him that will encourage him to continue communicating with you.

5. Never lose sight of the fact that understanding develops before expression in language. Name pictures while reading a story to him, try to make him point to them even when the language has not appeared. Give him simple instructions and teach him to carry them out: give me, take, get up, open, close, come ...

6. Take advantage of everyday situations to name things in the bathroom, parts of the body, objects in the kitchen, what we see when we go to school or grandparents' house ...

7. It is very important to bear in mind that language develops through play and its use, that is, through interaction with peers. Language and play always go hand in hand.

8. Make a review of what you do during the day or days before. Order the activities and establish an orderly sequence in time.

9. It encourages in them an active listening, the understanding of what is being said to them and waiting for the interlocutor to finish speaking to understand what is being asked or said.

10. We cannot also forget that motivation is the engine of learning, play with the child, present him with fun activities, use reinforcers that you know he likes like the characters in his favorite series, a song that he likes ...

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