Six ways to boost your kid’s language skills

  1. Use a variety of words when you talk to your child. You’ll increase their vocabulary by employing a diverse vocabulary yourself.
  2. Engage your child in play activities that teach new words: songs, made-up stories, or even a simple game of “Where’s your nose?” can all help introduce new vocabulary.
  3. Ask your child questions throughout the day—about what they’re doing, what they’re thinking, and what they’re feeling.
  4. Model new language skills by expanding or extending what your child is saying. When he or she says something to you, respond by either making the sentence longer or adding descriptive words.
  5. It’s something you hear again and again, but that’s only because it’s true: Read to your child as often as possible.
  6. Recognize that both parents play a role in language development—so when possible, mothers and fathers should both be involved in all language-based activities and in conversations with language professionals (doctors, teachers, speech therapists).

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