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I'm a mom and speech therapist here to share the strategies I use in speech therapy and at home, with my own toddler.
Questions tend to be conversation stoppers. If I ask you, “What color is it? and you say “blue,” there’s not really anywhere else to go, right? We want little ones to stay engaged in the interaction so there are more opportunities for learning.
Comments, on the other hand, add information. When you comment, you add language to whatever your child is interested in. That way they hear the words associated with the exact thing they are paying attention at that exact moment. That’s how learning language happens! The longer you keep the interaction going, the more opportunities your toddler has for learning (and saying) new words.
You can easily turn questions into comments by switching the words around. For example, instead of saying, “Are you eating an apple?” you can say “You are eating an apple!” You can even add on by saying something like “I like apples!”
Questions tend to be conversation stoppers instead of conversation builders. Not to mention, nobody (even toddlers) want to be asked obvious questions. If they don’t know the word, this is an opportunity to teach, not quiz. You may be surprised how many words you hear when you start adding comments!
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I'm a pediatric speech therapist, but most importantly, I'm a mom. I know how busy and messy toddler life can be! I'm here to show you the simple things you can do during small, everyday moments that add up that make a big difference for your child's speech and language development.
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