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These strategies and ideas can be implemented at home, but also by all those in your child’s life. This includes grandparents and all members of the family and extended family and education staff.
To promote language, you need to ensure that your child is focused on you and the language you are using. The best way to do this is to ensure that they are sharing attention with you.
Sharing attention with others can be difficult for individuals with communication and interaction difficulties, but you can support the development of this by:
As you build shared attention with your child you can add language to play, in order to build their exposure to language, in context and support their understanding.
These strategies can take time to embed but will feel more natural over time. It is important to be consistent in the strategies you use so that your child can learn and understand what is expected of them.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech, language, communication, and interaction development you can contact your local speech and language therapy service or speak to your GP or Health Visitor.
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