Before a child reaches the age of three, 75% of his brain will have grown completely. At this early stage, a child’s early experiences are critical to his emotional and intellectual development. The right stimulation can put your child on track with his maximum language capability. It is actually a three-pronged process that requires him to think, act and speak to communicate and understand.
It is not automatic like rolling, crawling and walking. Language competence needs stimulation. Health care professionals (HCPs) can help guide and support parents like you with the language development of your children. The experts can help with possible communication problems that you as parents may not immediately understand.
Younger children hear sound and pick up the language through stimulation by constantly repeating words, phrases, and structures until they become part of your children’s vocabulary. It is important to keep talking to them. Engage them in fun, interactive activities in all kinds of setting. Let language permeate all activities. Here are some helpful tips that those in health care can remind parents to do.
FOR OLDER CHILDREN:
Your child’s environment should be conducive to stimulating his language abilities. Key here are the people surrounding him – parents, teachers, counselors, and his extended family. Being around for the child, providing him with love and encouragement, building a language – enhanced environment will be helpful in honing his self-esteem and competence.