Now that isn’t always true but in the case of modeling language, when you sit down with your child to play, targeted language modeling is Highly recommended.
My littlest man is not the biggest talker. But when we sit down to play and I pick 1 or 2 words to target, his willingness to imitate and use that language again on his own significantly increases.
This week, he is all about the “uh oh” and “ta da” and that is just fine. Slow down and know that, as the adult, we don’t need to comment and ask questions the whole time in order to support language development. Take an attainable and motivating word and maximize the use of that word in your play.
Choose your word wisely (like not spelunking) and remember to pause. You want to make sure your little one has the stage and feels the opportunity to say it themselves. They might not right away, but that pause is still important. Think of it as an early attempt at turn taking!
I am a speech-language pathologist and I specialize in early intervention. I obtained my Masters degree from Penn State University and my Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions. I have worked in a variety of setting but most of my experience is working with preschool aged children. I thought I knew so much about that age and younger until I had my own children! I'm a proud mother of two wonderful boys and while they can be a challenge at times, they help me develop new skills and new ways to approach language development in a functional and motivating way I would never have truly grasped without them.
I started this blog in an effort to share and support others while their little ones are growing and learning and also to support my fellow SLPs. I hope you find my posts helpful. My goal is to provide practical ideas and suggestions because I know first hand that setting out to do anything that isn't functional or motivating for you and your children won't give you the results or satisfaction we all hope to obtain while working with our little ones.
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