Overwhelming Your Child With Words

  • BATHE YOUR CHILD WITH LANGUAGE AND YOU MAY SILENCE HIM

    Dr. James Mc Donald, Professor Emeritus, Speech & Language Pathology, Ohio State University

    We often hear adults talk in long adult ways to their child.  The child might understand but still cannot talk that way. The child says ” juice” and someone responds “Oh I know what you want. You want orange juice! How about having apple juice this time. It’s real good.” The adult’s talking does not show him ways to talk next.  It is IMPOSSIBLE for him.

    Your child learns to talk best when you talk in ways he can try to do.  Ask yourself:  “Can my child talk the way I am doing?  If the answer is no, then reduce your talk to just above what he does. Show him a next step.  In the above case I might say  ” orange or apple?” or “”juice please?  This way he will learn from you. It is another way of matching.

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