Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Improving Speech At this stage, what your child says is more important than how it is said. It’s okay if your child doesn’t say all sounds correctly, but if family and friends are having trouble understanding his/her words, follow these steps to help your little one speak more clearly. 1. Have your child look at you and listen while you say a difficult word very slowly. 2. Say the word again WITH him/her, exaggerating the difficult part of the word. 3. Repeat this process two or three times. Give your child lots of praise for trying, even if he/she doesn’t get it quite right. Try again another time. Be sure to keep the interaction playful and fun! Practicing Speech Talk throughout the day about the things you see and do together. Here are a few ideas of things to talk about. Everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning, bath time, or going to the grocery store. “We’re almost out of cereal. We better buy some more.” Things you see around you, especially things your child shows an interest in, such as animals, rocks, or vehicles. Things you see other people doing. “Why do you think that man is digging a hole?” Basically, you can talk with your child about anything and everything. The more you talk together, the better! MORE ON COMMUNICATION SKILLS 6