TALK ABOUT EVERYDAY THINGS
Even if your child doesn’t know a lot of words, and even if he doesn’t understand everything your say, he likes to hear you talk. He likes your voice. If you name the things he sees everyday, he will hear the same words very often.Don’t forget your child needs to hear words tens and hundreds of times before being able to understand and say them. Even if your child doesn’t not understand what you are saying, he likes to hear your voice and gradually gets used to the sounds of language. Repeating your child’s babble is an important part of his development.You may think that this is baby talk, but this is not the case. Repeating the same sounds the child makes will allow you to play with the sounds, just like he does.Do it each one in his turn! Your child will like to repeat and to hear you repeat.
TALK ABOUT WHAT THE CHILD IS INTERESTED IN
In order for your child to learn a word, it is important for him to hear the word at the same time he sees the object.Sometimes your child will be very attracted by something, (an object, a sound, a movement), and at that moment, his full attention will be focused on this object or sound. This is the ideal moment to name the object, the person or the action that interest him.
EACH ONE IN HIS TURN: CREATE THE CONVERSATION
In order to have a conversation with a small child you must give meaning to his gestures and sounds. Try to guess what he might want to say. You can talk about everything that surrounds your child, for example, his toys, his clothes, his brothers and sisters, or you can describe the activity you are undertaking. Talk each one in his turn : you say something, and wait for the child to have his turn to « say » something, and then you continue.
ONE WORD AT A TIME, OR SHORT SENTENCES
You child can’t wait to be able to repeat words like you say them. As soon as he is able to, he will try to reapeat the words. If he hears long sentences, it is harder for him to repeat them. If he hears short sentences, it is easier. Also, if he hears long sentences, it is harder for him to know which words are important. Use one word at a time when possible, or very short sentences. If he understands you better, he will be more motivated to repeat what your are saying.