Quick Tips from a Speech Pathologist!

 

Always be sure and give your child plenty of time to think about and answer the questions after you ask them.
If your child is having difficulty coming up with the answer, don’t interrupt them or finish their sentence for them. Give them the time they need to process what they want to say.
Don’t forget to always show your excitement when they get the answers correct, but also praise them for paying attention to the book and trying.

 

Answers to the top 4 questions asked by parents:

 

What can I do if my child is unable to point to a picture?

You can take a turn and show them.
Example: If you ask your child, “Can you show me the bird?” and after several seconds they are not able to point to the bird or they point to a different picture, take your turn. Take your finger and point to the bird as you say, “Oh here it is! I found the bird.” Then, ask again, “Can you find the bird?”
Be sure and give lots of praise and be over excited when they point to the correct picture.

 

What can I do if my child is unable to answer a question?

You can model the answer.
Example: If you ask your child, “What is Dooley Bear doing?” and he is unable to answer – say to him, “do you think he is eating food or driving a car?” Provide them choices to help them come up with the answer.
Or, instead of modeling the answer you can provide cues. Just try giving them the first sound of the answer.

 

What can I do if my child says a word incorrectly?

Don’t tell them they said the word wrong!
Model the correct way to say the word.
Example: If your child points to a star and says, “TAR”. Just say to them, “Yes, that’s right! That is a STAR!” Put a lot of emphasis on the sounds that they left out or said incorrectly.
Example: If your child sees a car and says, “TAR”. Just say to them, “Yes, that’s right! That is a CAR”. Put a lot of emphasis on the C so they can hear the correct way to say the words.

 

What if my child cannot point to pictures and count?

Help him count.
Example: If you ask your child, “How many stars are there?” and they are not able to count them, help them. Take your child’s finger and help him touch each star as you count with him to model the numbers.
Or, you can take a turn and touch the stars as you count to model the numbers.
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