Building Speech and Language Skills at Home

Did you know that good speech and language skills support academic skills, such as listening, speaking, reading fluency, and reading comprehension? Here are a few ideas for activities you can do at home.

You can help your child learn language skills by…

  • Talking, reading, and playing with your child.
  • Listening and responding to what your child says.
  • Talking with your child in the language that you are most comfortable using.
  • Teaching your child to speak another language, if you speak one.
  • Talking about what you do and what your child does during the day.
  • Using a lot of different words with your child.
  • Using longer sentences, as your child gets older.

You can help your child learn Social skills by…

  • Having your child play with other children.
  • Demonstrating pretend play while playing with your child. (For example, having a pretend tea party with stuffed animals, or pretending to put out a fire with stuffed animals as firefighters.)
  • Play turn-taking games with your child, such as rolling a ball back and forth, taking turns during hide and seek, or taking turns adding blocks to build a tower.

You can help your child learn articulation skills by…

  • Saying sounds the right way when you talk. Your child needs good speech models.
  • Not correcting speech sounds. It is okay if your child says some sounds the wrong way.

You can help your child learn fluency skills by…

  • Giving your child time to talk.
  • Not interrupting or stopping your child while he speaks.
  • Noticing if your child gets upset when stuttering. Pay attention to how she speaks. Children who stutter may close their eyes or move their face or body when talking.