Parents and carers are very important in developing a child's language.
Children learn language best from the people around them talking about the things that are happening to them and that they are interested in. Although the television can be educational, it cannot respond like you do to your child.
The following activities and strategies can all help your child learn to understand and to talk.
The Department of Education has created a resource called Hungry Little Minds to help support parents and carers with tips to encourage speech, language and development in age appropriate stages.
Our team run online workshops on early language development. They are designed for parents and carers and those working within early years settings. We have three training sessions available on different topics to equip you with everyday strategies to support your child, aged up to five. Please visit our Speech and Language Therapy service page for more information and to register.
If by two and a half years old, they show little or no interest in interacting and communicating, or have few or no words; they may struggle to understand simple instructions like ‘Give the ball to Daddy’; you might find it hard to understand them, and they may be unable to join words together, please speak to your health visitor or GP.