Helpful Tips to Elicit Language With Your Child
of giving your child exactly what they want create an opportunity that has them
ask for it.
- Place a favorite item out
of reach or in a container they are not able to open and wait. Allow the child
to initiate in their developmental language stage (i.e., eye contact, sign,
word approximation, etc.) before giving them an object.
a small amount of a food or drink during snack time not mealtime.
- Instead of giving your
child the entire apple cut it into pieces giving them one piece at a time. Wait
for your child to request before giving them another piece.
- To do this with a drink,
give your child an empty cup. Wait for them to request using words or signs
such as: “in,” “more,” “juice,” etc. When they do give them a small amount and
encourage them to continue the activity by accepting words or signs such as
your child a choice.
- Give them a choice of two
objects and wait for them to point, sign, or use a word to make their choice.
a familiar activity
- Create an opportunity of
surprise for your child. Put their sock on their hand instead of their foot and
wait for a response. You are looking for comments such as: “no,” “foot,” etc.
things go wrong…
- Instead of cleaning up
milk that is spilled or picking up a toy that has fallen wait for a reaction
from your child.
- Expand on Your Child’s Comments
- To encourage your child’s
length of sentences expand on their comments. For example if your child makes a
comment “Blue car”, add a word on such as “Blue car go”.
- Vary your words that you
expand. Use question words (i.e., “Who,” “what,” etc.),” describing words
(i.e., “blue,” “cold,” etc.), action words (i.e., “hug,” “run,” etc.), words
for feelings (i.e., “happy,” “sad,” etc.), location words (i.e., “in,” “on,”
etc.), social words (i.e., “bye-bye,” “night-night,” etc.), and words that
express belongs (i.e., “my,” “mine,” etc.).