Some children develop a way with words more quickly than others. They may talk more, show interest in new words and be actively encouraged to read and write at home. No matter how quickly or slowly your child’s language develops, you can help him make more of his intelligence.
|If your child||What you can do||What your
child can learn
|Is shy about speaking and hesitant when speaking in front of others||Encourage him to talk individually about what interests him||Speaking to one person helps you become more confident in speaking to others|
|Has problems paying attention and listening when others are talking||Say how it feels not getting listened to, play listening and speaking games, praise when he listens well||You find out more if you listen carefully to what others say|
|Doesn’t like reading and has difficulty with the printed word||Find interesting books, read them to your child, and then read them together||Discovers that reading can bring interest and enjoyment and that you can learn with help|
|When it comes to writing says ‘I can’t write’ or ‘I don’t know what to write’||Find a real reason to write, and someone who wants to read what your child writes||Writing has a purpose and value when it is done well and shared with others|