Six Common Mistakes when Teaching a Child their First Words

Six Common Mistakes when Teaching a Child their First Words

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  1. 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!”
  2. Using Flashcards
    Try: Modelling words and phrases for your child during play and daily routines.
  3. Saying “ Say _________”
    Try: Take away the pressure to perform. Model the words you think they want to say in the moment.
  4. Not using Sign of Gestures
    Try: Use some basic sign. Signs are classed as first words.
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  5. 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.
  6. Using Baby Talk
    Try: Use normal grammar and pronunciation. Use a higher pitch, slow down and keep phrases short. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

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