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