Language Simplified

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How To: Language Simplified


When talking with your child, use simple, age appropriate language. Infants and toddlers cannot process long, complex sentences. Therefore, when presented with such complicated language, they do not learn nearly as much. Of course, you don’t want your language to be too simple either so your child isn’t exposed to new words and/or grammatical structures. This rule can be stressful for parents. They worry, “Am I doing too much?” or “Am I not doing enough?” To take the pressure off, I created “my rule of thumb.”

My rule of thumb: Match child’s level of language plus one

When possible, match your child’s level of language and then increase the complexity by one. For example, if your child is talking using 1 word phrases, speak to him or her using 2-3 word phrases.  This way, your child is able to attend to the language input, and at the same time, learn 2 word phrases which is the next milestone.

This child only speaks using single words; therefore, an object with three names “turkey, cheese, sandwich” can be a bit overwhelming. While this parent and child did communicate effectively, the child did not have the opportunity to repeat words and/or learn a new word.

Language Simplified Games


What's Included: 

  • 2 activities to practice using simplified language
  • Easily printable for both parents and professionals
  • Space provided to make notes

Recommended Use:

  • Print out an activity
  • Place the activity in a frequented spot to help remind yourself to try it out for a few days.
  • Remember that the majority of the work falls on the parents shoulders.
  • Jot down some notes on what seems to work and what does not.

1. Language Simplified Blocks

What You Need

Legos, blocks, or any toy that your child enjoys. It is best if the toy has colors and lots of pieces.

How To Play

There are no specific directions on how to "play" this game. Instead, playtime is a great way to model language for your child. Remember to ask questions and make comments using simple, direct language. Here are some examples of some great vocabulary to model: up, down, fall down, colors, numbers, build, knock down, on, off, in, out, big, small. These vocabulary words and concepts are all appropriate for toddlers. 

Tips

  • Using simple language at this age does not mean baby talk. Your speech should be slower with a little more animation but closer to adult-like speech.
  • Match your child's length of utterance and then add one more word. If your child speaks using 1 word, use 2 words.  If your child does not speak yet, use 1 word phrases, etc...

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2. Language Simplified: Meals

What You Need

Play food

How To Play

There are no specific directions on how to "play" this game. Instead, simply model the vocabulary words as your play. Remember to ask questions and make comments using simple, direct language.

Sample Vocabulary Words

  • Names of Food
  • Colors
  • Attributes: Small, Big, Hard, Soft, Yummy, Yucky
  • Verbs: Eat, Cut, Cook
  • Numbers

Tips

  • Using simple language at this age does not mean baby talk. Your speech should be slower with a little more animation but closer to adult-like speech.
  • Match your child's length of utterance and then add one more word. If your child speaks using 1 word, use 2 words.  If your child does not speak yet, use 1 word phrases, etc...

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