Six Common Mistakes when Teaching a Child their First Words
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Asking a lot of questions Try: Comment on things they are doing and objects that catch their attention. Instead of “What’s this?” Say “a car!”
Using Flashcards Try: Modelling words and phrases for your child during play and daily routines.
Saying “ Say _________” Try: Take away the pressure to perform. Model the words you think they want to say in the moment.
Not using Sign of Gestures Try: Use some basic sign. Signs are classed as first words. If you haven’t already, subscribe on the homepage for your free digital resource: "How to use sign and gesture to communicate with your baby"
Withholding something until they say a word Try: Pause and look at them expectantly to provide an opportunity for them to try. If they don’t model the words and give the item.
Using Baby Talk Try: Use normal grammar and pronunciation. Use a higher pitch, slow down and keep phrases short. Repeat, repeat, repeat.