Everyday Opportunities for Language Development: Parents are the Best Teachers!
In the month of November, CSLOT is feeling grateful for our amazing parents who help the carryover of skills from the clinic to the home by providing everyday teaching opportunities.
Everyday family activities can be used to increase a child’s language and vocabulary. Any time a parent or caregiver does anything with a child, that opportunity can be used to increase the child’s vocabulary and language concepts.
In addition to naming items when you see them, here are some additional ideas for increasing language during everyday activities.
Preparing and eating meals:
- Talk about what you are making for dinner.
- Talk about what you are doing as you prepare your meal.
- Label ingredients and utensils you use to prepare your meal.
- Label items as you set the table and serve the meal.
- Talk about what you are doing as you serve and eat the meal.
Driving in the car:
- Name objects as you pass them.
- Talk about what you are doing when you are in the car.
- Talk about where you are going.
- Talk about what you will do when you arrive at your destination.
- Name stores and buildings as you pass them.
- Name items as you put them in your cart.
- Talk about what you are doing as you move through the grocery store.
- Talk about what you are doing when you check out.
- Talk about the food you are buying.
- Describe fruits and vegetables using your five senses.
Walking or playing outside:
- Talk about what you are doing as you play outside.
- Name objects that you and your child see as you walk around outside.
- Talk about what’s up in the sky and down on the ground.
- Ask your child to point to things as you name them.
- Use your senses to describe things you find outside.
Have fun teaching your child new words and ideas whenever you are together!