Developing speech and communication is the essence of human connection, and it plays an integral role in every aspect of our lives. As a mom, you are the architect of your child’s future. By actively fostering your child’s speech and language skills, you are laying the groundwork. Developing your child’s communication abilities is a journey that brings you closer together and allows you to revel in their progress.
At Noala, we understand the importance of effective communication skills in a child’s developmental journey. We’re here to support parents and carers, like you, to provide easy and practical ways to support your children reach their speech and language milestones with confidence.
Communication is essential for personal growth and interaction. 8% of children in the UK have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). This affects 1.4 million young individuals, hindering their ability to speak clearly, understand language, and engage with others. DLD often goes undiagnosed, even though, on average, two students in every classroom of 30 struggle with it.
By prioritizing your child’s communication and speech development, you lay the groundwork for their overall development. Language skills serve as a foundation for cognitive, social, and emotional growth, setting them up for success in various aspects of life.
Effective communication skills empower your child to connect meaningfully. Allows them to express themselves in a healthy way, understand others, and navigate social situations with confidence and empathy, fostering positive relationships.
Effective communication improves children’s emotional well-being, reducing frustration, enhancing self-expression, and boosting self-esteem and confidence.
Nurturing your child’s communication skills enhances their language development and stimulates thinking, problem-solving, memory, and overall cognitive growth, unlocking their intellectual potential.
Participating in activities that encourage communication and speech development strengthens the bond between you and your child. You create a deeper connection, cultivate trust, and improve the parent-child relationship. These moments of engagement create a strong foundation for mutual understanding and growth within your relationship.
Focusing on your child’s speech and language development is an investment in your child’s present and future well-being.
Every child’s journey is unique. Understanding the general milestones for speech and language development is a valuable guide for parents and caregivers. While variations exist, let us share insight into the expected milestones that children can typically achieve along their journey.
Read more about what our qualified Speech and Language Therapists at Noala have highlighted as important milestones for your child to achieve in their speech and language development here.
Here are 5 easy tips for moms or caregivers to try at home, suggested by Noala Speech and Language Therapists.
Go on a sound scavenger hunt, encouraging children to identify and imitate different sounds they hear in the environment. For example, an animal sound like a dog barking, “woof woof”.
Sensory play for children involves engaging their senses, such as touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing, through various activities and materials. It provides opportunities for exploration, discovery, and learning through sensory experiences.
Engage children in sensory experiences using materials like water, sand, or playdough to encourage language development. These activities stimulate the development of sensory processing skills, fine motor skills, cognitive abilities, and language development in children.
Encourage imaginative play with role-playing activities, such as playing house, restaurant, or doctor, which promote communication and storytelling.
Use picture books as a foundation for discussion. Encouraging children to describe the pictures, predict the story, and share their thoughts. For example, use a photo album of your family, and ask your child to name the people they see. “That’s my sister, Darla”.
Play a game where children listen to various sounds and try to guess what is making the sound. Here is a fun visual and auditive game for your child to engage with.
These activities provide interactive and engaging experiences that support speech and language development while fostering creativity, observation skills, and communication abilities in children. For more tips, educational enrichment, and any further queries on your child’s speech and language development, visit Noala’s clinically backed blog.
It is recommended to seek professional help for your child’s speech and language development if you notice any of the following:
It takes a village to raise a child. Here at Noala, we are dedicated to being there for you every step of the way. Providing guidance, support, and empowerment for your child’s speech and language needs.
Noala is easing access to speech therapy support by seamlessly connecting families in need with expert speech therapists. Our mission is to change the way people access support, bridging the gap between clinical expertise and families seeking guidance in their child’s communication development journey.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, it’s essential to take proactive steps. Trust your instincts and reach out to our team of experienced professionals at Noala.
We’re here to support you. Ensuring your child receives the expert help they need at the right time.
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