– Create opportunities for your child to communicate with you. Try not to anticipate all of your child’s needs so that they have a reason to communicate with you. For example, put favourite toys in sight but out of reach for example in a clear container they can’t open themselves or up on a high shelf they can’t reach.
– Model language throughout the day. Talk about what you and your child can see and what you are both doing, using simple accessible language.
– Extend what your child does say. Add a word to what your child says, to model to them how to join words together. For example, if your child says ‘car’ you say ‘car driving’/’red car’.
– Play with your child. Join in with their play, allow your child to lead the play and come down to their level. Play is a great opportunity to model language and communication skills.
– Avoid pressuring your child to speak. Try not to ask lots of questions to your child or tell them to ‘say…’.
If you’re concerned, please visit your GP who will refer to your local NHS Speech Therapy Service and complete a referral on our home page if you’d like to be seen privately within 3 weeks.