SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
Tip of the Month
Encourage your child’s language development by asking questions that keep the conversation going. Try avoiding asking too many questions or asking questions that your child doesn’t have time to answer, tests your child’s knowledge, are too hard for your child to answer or answer themselves. Instead, try using a variety of question types (i.e. Choice questions “Would you like apple juice or orange juice?”, Yes/no questions “Are you hungry?”, WH questions (Who? What? Where? When? Why?) “Where did you find your mitten?”.
Also, try replacing some questions with comments. A general guideline being two comments for every question you ask. (i.e. Instead of simply asking “What color is the dog?” try adding comments “Wow that’s a beautiful black dog! I wonder what breed it is. Have you ever seen that dog in our neighborhood?)