Easily expand your child's vocabulary and sentence length with our Repeat-Expand-Repeat technique. It is easy to do, and with a little practice, it will be second nature for you. The scripts below will give an idea on how to accomplish this task.
The beauty of using this technique during meals is that we eat many times a day. Once you get the hang of it, you will be using it daily without even thinking about it. Yeah!
What You Need: Lunch, Yourself, Your Child
How To Play: There are a few ways to use Repeat-Expand-Repeat technique during lunch or any meal for that matter. How you play will depend on your child's current language ability. Remember to match your child's language and then expand it by a few words.
To begin this game, start your lunch routine as usual. When your child says a word, any word including "no," "yes," "please," "milk," etc.., expand on it. Repeat what your child says to give validation. Then repeat the word or phrase while adding a word or two (expansion). Wait a few moments to see if your child will repeat your expanded phrase. If your child repeats you, yeah, success! If your child does not repeat your phrase, repeat it one more time and move on.
Parent and child eating lunch
This script combines the question technique with Repeat-Expand-Repeat.
Parent and child are eating