Language Development

The Language Development of a Child  

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What you need to know?  

When a child doesn’t know how to speak yet they often find ways to communicate and gain your attention. This may be through non-verbal cues like crying, screaming, running around, misbehaving and other things they can think of. That is why it is important for their language to develop in order for them to be able to put word into what they need or want.  

Language Development

Speech-language pathologist are able to help children to communicate with their parents. Language development is something that doesn’t happen overnight. It is something that will require a lot of patience as the process can be slow depending on the child’s ability to make connections and put words into actions.  

There is however, no forcing of the child. There would be no passive guidance but rather a proactive approach to ensure a child can and will be able to reach their goals. May this be academic or another field.  

Language development is crucial to the holistic development of a child. When their language skills and communication skills is adequate it may give them a big potential or stride with socialization. Children are individuals whose early years plays a big role in the development of a child. Language skills development will give them more avenue to explore because they understand verbal cues.   

As parents, there are things you can do to ensure that you are helping your child develop in the communication skills rather than hampering their progress. Those things are listed down below.  

  1. Model the talk, it is discouraged for parents and caregivers to talk to young children in baby talk. Adults are encouraged to talk properly around babies, toddlers and children. It is a way for them to hear how a word is pronounced and what the word would mean. If you talk in a babyish way, the young will pick up on it and will most likely copy it.  
  2. When you are correcting your child, do not laugh or smile but don’t scare them either. Smiling or laughing will encourage the child to do it again. If that isn’t something you want them to do don’t give them any encouraging smiles. Allow them to make mistakes and correct them without hurting their feelings.  
  3. Read to them or converse with them as if they are all responsible adults. Reading will give them a higher vocabulary and will be able to use it in the correct form and correct sentences. Conversing with them will give them an avenue to talk and use the words they learn and see how it works in context.  

The whole process may seem complicated and may seem difficult but for a child it is crucial. Children who aren’t used to speaking their minds will have a harder time of asking for their needs and have a harder time of making sense of the world around them. It is crucial that they are able to communicate so that problems are solved better.   

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