3 Great Take-Home Ideas for Language Development in Preschoolers:

Top 3 tips for language development in preschoolers 

What are your top 3 tips for language development in preschoolers in general? But we're not looking at a specific age here, but rather an age group.

So, let's look at the group as a wholeand see which 3 things can readily be used by parents with children in this age bracket.

Ok, here are 3 ideas which I believe were quite useful for me:

Don't let it stress you out 

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Being a parent is a great responsibility, but millions have done it with reasonable success. So you can too.

Setting false goals or trying to follow some strict program is the quick way to feelings of guilt – there will always be days when you have to cut short story time or miss out on Moms and Toddlers group.

Also there is almost always another parent whose child is (apparently) making amazing progress.

As long as your child is progressing, can obviously hear you and is vocalizing, it is unlikely that much will go wrong.

Use language learning in everyday activities

Almost every daily task can be an opportunity. ‘Carrots. These are carrots’ or ‘Blue. This shirt is blue’. These are real objects, so are much more real for your child than 2D images on a flash card, good and useful as these might be.

I can remember sitting with a 9 month little girl on my lap while the doctor tried to get her interested in a small card showing a set of keys. She was clearly not attracted, but the doctor kept persisting. Then Jo reached into my pocket, pulled out my keys and announced ‘Keys’. These were real to her, not the picture.

Don't be intimidated

You are a very new parent. Surely the professionals know more than you and they see a lot of children. So, they are often well equipped to give objective opinions about language development in preschoolers in general.

But that isn't necessarily the case when it comes to specific comments and details about your child. They after all will only see her for a few minutes at most, while you spend your life with her.

I discovered for instance that my health visitor had recorded that my daughter could not walk at 17 months old, when she in fact was walking freely well before her first birthday. In the unfamiliar clinic surroundings she preferred to sit on my lap.

Don’t let this awe of professionals stop you asking questions or voicing your fears either. If you think your child is falling behind, or perhaps doesn’t always appear to respond to sounds, tell someone.

Other parents can be a bit scary too. They perhaps seem able to manage so much better – does their child never scream in public or smear their face with food instead of eating tidily? They may even suggest that your child isn’t doing as well as might be expected i.e. as well as their child, who is of course perfect.

My suggestion is to find someone – relative or otherwise – who is more empathetic, perhaps another mom in the same situation, and pair up.

My daughter has a particular rare condition, not life threatening, but about which little was or is known. It was good to meet up with other families in a similar position, even if meetings were rare. Together we learnt more about the condition.

I remember a conference where a pediatrician announced that children with this condition couldn’t whistle - some one immediately did
just that, and then from all around the room came loud wolf whistles. He laughed and amended his lecture – ‘The children I have seen with this condition did not whistle.’ And we all felt just a little bit better.

3 Take home ideas for language development in preschoolers

  1. Don't be unrealistic in your expectations. Don't set goals too high. And don't be too intimidated by other parents' children who are making apparent great progress. Keep focused and ensure your own child is making progress

  2. Stimulate and encourage language development in preschoolers in almost every daily activity. That's probably one of the easiest and best ways to see consistent progress.

  3. Use common sense about your child's behaviour. Talk to other people to get objective opinions, but in the end it's only you that can make make an informed decision about your child's language development.

You can never start too early encouraging your baby's language development.

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