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What to Do if Your Child Has Trouble Talking (page 2)

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Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Things To Do at Home

There are many ways you can encourage your child’s speech and language development:

  • Engage in child-oriented language and conversation. For example, use short, simple sentences and vivid, concrete vocabulary and discuss topics that interest your child, such as his or her favorite food or color.
  • Encourage your child to initiate requests and be as specific as possible in communicating wants and needs.
  • Schedule one-on-one time with your child away from distractions.
  • Create opportunities for your child to interact with other children—play encourages communication.
  • Read to your child every day.
  • Use special teaching materials, such as computer programs and flashcards, with the advice of your child’s speech-language pathologist.
  • Limit television viewing. Even the best educational programs are far less helpful than real communication with real people.
  • Play games that encourage the use of words or the identification of objects or pictures by naming or pointing.

Recognizing your child’s speech and language problems as early as possible, getting your child’s hearing checked, getting your child involved in early intervention services, and encouraging communication at home are the key elements in helping your child to overcome speech and language delays.

More information about speech-language delays, as well as other common developmental problems, may be found in Louis Pellegrino’s recently released book, The Common Sense Guide to Your Child’s Special Needs: When to Worry, When to Wait, What to Do, available from Brookes Publishing Co.

Louis Pellegrino, M.D. is a developmental pediatrician and director of the Child Development Program at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and is the author of the recently released "The Common Sense Guide to Your Childâs Special Needs: When to Worry, When to Wait, What to Do," published by Brookes Publishing Co.

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