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Help Children Build Strong Language Skills

Tips to work with your child to build a strong vocabulary and other language skills.

• Listen as much as you talk

• Talk about things your child is already interested in.

• Make a conversation longer by adding new information or asking a follow-up question.

• Make a point of introducing your children to other adults or children, telling one another their names.

• Use meal time to ask about the day’s events.

• Use drive time. (Turn off the radio and music.)

• Reread familiar stories, and talk about the book.

• Follow the child’s lead, and encourage a train of thought he or she already has.

• Comment on what your child is doing. “Oh, you made a big house!”

• Ask a variety of questions in conversation. (Who, What, Where, Why, What do you think?)