How Environment Can Encourage Your Child To Talk

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Are you constantly thinking of various techniques and methods to get your child to start talking? Speech language therapists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help you out. One most commonly used is “Communication Temptations” (Wetherby and Prizant, 1989). This little strategy can be used to help a late-talker start talking, to help a toddler begin using two-word phrases, or to increase the chances that a young child with autism will begin communicating.

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Are you constantly thinking of various techniques and methods to get your child to start talking? Speech language therapists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help you out. One most commonly used is “Communication Temptations” ( Wetherby and Prizant , 1989). This little strategy can be used to help a late-talker start talking, to help a toddler begin using two-word phrases, or to increase the chances that a young child with autism will begin communicating.

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This strategy involves setting up an environment to tempt a child to communicate. The rationale for using them is also a pretty simple one: a child is much more likely to communicate if he has a reason for doing so.

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The steps to this type of communication temptation are as follows:

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Find an activity or an object that your child really enjoys. Look for an activity that is easily stopped and started (e.g., bubbles or a swing) or an object that has multiple parts that you can hand to your child (e.g., crackers that he loves to eat, cars for a car track ). Arrange the environment so that you create an obstacle to getting that object, but so that your child can see the object. For example, put your child’s favorite crackers up on a high shelf. Or, put the cars in see-through container he cannot open .

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Start the activity, have a bit of fun and then stop (put the lid on the bubbles or pull him up in the swing but do not let him go) or give him one item (e.g., give him one cracker or one car ). Many parents forget this part, but it is an important one. Give your child a chance to communicate first. Ideally, we want him to communicate without us helping him and actually start initiating conversation. Always wait first and observe what your child will do. Look expectantly at your child like you are waiting for him to do something . When he communicates with you (either verbally or nonverbally ):

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Give him what he wants and cheer him on–especially if it’s the first time he’s used that particular word or two-word phrase, or Build on his communication just a bit to help him move into the next stage of speech and language development . Regardless of your child’s level, communication temptations are usually great and effective ways to provide opportunities for your child to advance his/her communication skills .

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