What You Can Do To Help

-Play is important Preschool children are active learners and learn many things during play. They act out scenarios, try on new roles, construct stories, negotiate game rules, and practice new ways of saying things.

-Books are important Reading together can be snuggly and should be fun. Regular reading can help your children learn many important things (facts about the world, information about what people do and why they do it, new words and sentence forms, how to construct stories, rhymes and songs). As well, we now know that the road to reading begins with early knowledge about books and print. For example, children learn that print has meaning and that it is comprised of conventional symbols (e.g., letters, words) arranged in a particular way (e.g., English is read from left to right; top to bottom).

-Talking to your child often is important Recent studies have shown that the more parents talk to their children, the more their children learn about language. Not all talk is equal! Children learn more easily when the talk is directed to them (rather than hearing two adults talk to each other). While some television programs (e.g., Sesame Street) are good tools for helping children learn specific skills, there is no substitute for face to face interactions! Remember that talking can happen almost anywhere, anytime (e.g., in the car, at the store, in the bath, while getting ready for bed).

-How you talk to your child is important Children seem to learn best when they are interested, engaged and involved. So, talking about what your child is concentrating on and what they enjoy or find interesting at any particular point in time is helpful. Of course, we cannot do this all the time! Listening with genuine interest, commenting, encouraging, expanding, clarifying and explaining are all good tools when talking to your child.

Reference:Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Speech, Retrieved from www.caslpa.ca