• Tips for Parents & Teachers

     

    • Expect errors - remember that everyone makes some errors while speaking, even adults.
    • Be honest - tell your child if you do not understand what he or she has said. Ask the child to repeat it and use their good speech (if they are able).  If you still can’t understand, get them to show you.
    • Be a good listener - try to get the content of what the child is telling you. 
    • Teasing hurts - Don't laugh at pronunciation errors or let family members make fun of your child.
    • Model good speech - For example, if you child says, “I have free weaves,” you can model by saying, “You have three leaves! I only have two!” Sometimes you child may self-correct – praise them for this! Remind others to take turns when talking, instead of yelling to get the attention of others.
    • Read to your child daily - This builds good language skills and models good speech sounds.
    • Avoid "baby talk" - Modeling good speech makes it easier for your child to learn speech sounds.
    • Maintain eye contact - This helps ensure that your child knows that you are listening, and it helps them feel important!
    • Make talking fun - If your child avoids talking because of his or her speech, it is difficult to make progress.