Encouraging speech development

If your child has speech delay, then try some of these hints and tips that you can try yourself at home:

Encouraging speech development
  1. Continue to speak to children, even if their own speech is delayed.
  2. Encourage verbal communication by allowing non-word sounds.
  3. Show everyday objects whilst saying the word associated with the object.
  4. Introduce objects and words in context, foods at meal times, for instance.
  5. Let your children see your mouth and facial expressions while reading stories to them.
  6. Sing or use pre-recorded nursery rhymes and act them out with your child.
  7. When your child makes sounds, provide tactile feedback by putting their hand on their chest and throat.
  8. Record your child's babbling and play it back to them when you have their attention.
  9. Use slightly longer sentences than your child is using him or herself.
  10. Avoid putting too much pressure on your child to repeat words, but encourage them through playful interactions.
Faster and more efficient auditory processing, and strengthening of the language and speech centres in the left side of the brain can help children to progress in their speech.SAS offers personalised neuro-sensory brain training courses that aim to reduce sensory overload and encourage speech development.
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