Tips to Help Your Child Talk From a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Expressive language: sending a message

Receptive language: understanding a message

When Playing at Home:

  • Have your child request items
  • Describe what you and your child are doing
  • Have your child ask and answer questions

How Can I Work on Expressive Language Skills at Home?

  • Read books with baby
  • Play with bubbles
  • Use toy sets, such as farm, train, or car sets
  • Encourage pretend play

How Can I Work on Receptive Language Skills at Home?

  • Give child directions
  • Play games with directions
  • Say what you see
  • Include child in cooking
  • Answer questions while reading

Communication skills start at home! Practice every day as part of your daily routine.