As Childcare professionals, we understand how important speech and language can be to a child’s overall development.
Speech and language skills help children to communicate, to understand and make themselves understood. It is a vital part of their learning and underpins their development going forward.
It’s how we get to know each other and build relationships, friendships and attachments with parents and carers. Children with speech and language difficulties are more likely to have behavioural problems and a lower confidence and self-esteem.
According to Talking Point, one in ten children have speech, language and communication needs. Working with parents helps us to identify a child’s needs early on, and create individual action plans to work with a child and their families to help them development.
It can be quite a challenge to get parents to appreciate the impact that their own actions and behaviour have on their children, whilst still maintaining a healthy relationship with them.
We need to share our knowledge with parents, without patronising them or putting added pressure on.
So we’ve created a free resource for you to give to your parents as their children are learning to speak. ‘Top tips for practicing speech with children’ gives them an easy to follow list of dos and don’ts (mainly dos!) to help parents to assess the way they communicate with and around their own children.
Take a look at our Pinterest Board – Practicing Speech with Children