Children learn best while playing. It is the most meaningful and relevant activity to them. Therefore, use our question technique to help the language learning process along!
What You Need: A farm, house, blocks, play food or anything with multiple pieces
How To Play: Sit down on the floor with your child. Get out a few toys such as a dollhouse and a dog. Get your child interested in the game. Once your child joins you in the game, take out 2 more objects and show your child. If your child names one object, then give it to your child. If your child only points to an object or tries to grab it, then continue with the question technique.
Say the name of each object as you show them to your child using inflection (as if you were asking a question). Hopefully, your child will repeat one of the names here. If not, add the "3 Strikes and You Win," technique. Once you know which toy your child wants, say the name of it while holding it next to your mouth. Allow a few seconds for your child to repeat it. If no word is spoken, offer the toy halfway and repeat the name. Give your child a few seconds to respond. If your child still only points or grunts, then repeat the name one more time as you give the object. Praise your child for listening and trying!
In this script, the parent does not offer choices and the child does not know how to respond. This can cause frustration! The child wasn't able to communicate and a language learning opportunity was lost.
Example Script, What TO DO:
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