Talking tips

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Early years 12 months to 5 years

Here are some tips to get your child talking:

Listen closely to what they are trying to say

Give your child your full attention when they speak to you and try to decipher their words. That way you can model the correct pronunciation when you respond. Praise them when they have a go at new words, especially when they get a word right.

Talk, talk, talk

Chat to your child as often as you can. Chat to them over breakfast, start a conversation in the car or discuss the day’s events when they’re in the bath. The more you talk, the more they will.

Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

When your child tells you something continue the conversation with open questions such as, ‘How did that happen?’, and ‘What happened then?’. This will encourage them to continue talking and strengthen their speech.

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