Five Exercises to Promote Speech in Children
Although very young children don’t know how to talk, they can express themselves through crying and body language. It’s vitally important that they develop their verbal abilities, however. One way to do this is to perform some exercises to promote speech in children.
The value of language
The ability to speak allows children to externalize and internalize what they think and want. In fact, spoken language is so important that it’s considered to be the primary means of communication.
Language is also the fundamental means for socialization, which allows children to adapt and become better integrated into their environments. Through speech, your child will learn cultural practices from their family and establish later relationships.
But what can you do to promote speech in a child?
Some of the exercises are extremely simple. You can even do them in your own home and with activities that you might already have incorporated into their routine.
Today, we’ll share some of them with you.
How to promote speech in children
Parents have an enormous influence on the process of speech development with their children. That’s why it’s important to pronounce everything correctly and carefully articulate sounds.
Constant dialogue is recommended to encourage your child to speak. It should be systematic and appropriate according to their age, abilities, and interests. Even if you’re tempted to use diminutive or infantile language, avoid it as much as possible.
Don’t try to anticipate what they’re going to say or finish their sentences. Formulate open questions to allow the child to express themselves and expand their message.
Based on these principle guidelines, let’s explore some of the exercises you can use to promote speech in children.
1-Go for walks
Walks and other excursions are diverse experiences that allow your child to gain new sensations and above all, vocabulary. The emotions they feel will also motivate them to express themselves and share their feelings more freely.
This exercise will help them develop the ability to understand things and people. You can start by asking “Where is the…” and let your child point or touch the object or color you’ve stated.
Give them a little time to process your request. Once they succeed, congratulate them on their efforts and do the exercise again.
3-Play with photographs and cutouts
This is similar to the previous activity, but uses photographs and cutouts. You can start by describing each image or photo using particular words and signs. They’ll learn to understand the different actions and contrasts between the images.
Once you’ve explained each image, ask your child to identify what people are doing in them. Remember that the images should represent easy and familiar activities for them, including eating, playing, sleeping, or running.
4-Teach them to say their name
In addition to the importance of simply knowing their name, this activity will help your child develop the ability to name other people, objects, and activities.
Begin by saying: “Your name is…” and repeat it a few times, so they can respond instantly when you ask the same question again later.Be sure to congratulate them when they answer correctly and add their middle or last name so they learn it in stages. If they don’t answer correctly, repeat the process from the beginning.
You can use this same exercise with parts of the body or other familiar objects, like toys and utensils that are frequently used (plates, shoes, glasses, etc.).
Another activity children love is to relate animal names to the sounds that they make. You can find apps, games or you can simply do it using your voice, imitating a cat’s meow or a cow mooing.
One way to perform this exercise is to imitate the sound of an animal and ask your child what it is. Or, you can ask them what sounds a duck or a dog make, and see if they can respond correctly.
You’ve probably already done some of these exercises to promote your child’s speech. The best dynamic of all is to talk with them constantly and let them express themselves freely and without pressure. Always enjoy the process.
Remember that you are the first person to teach your child to speak. Dedicate time and energy to help them enrich their vocabulary.
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