Sunday, 17 February 2013

Look Who's Talking - Oral Language

Welcome to all our Head Start friends and families.  This week we have had a focus on one of my favourite topics TALKING.  Some children find their voice and don't stop talking except maybe to breathe, while others may take a little longer and this is okay too.  Our activities this week looked at
ORAL LANGUAGE, and how this refers to your child's ability to express their needs, thoughts and observations of the world around them. You can help them build a 'bank' of words by talking about what you're doing and what you see; this deposits words in their word bank. Oral language is important for children to express themselves. The more they can express orally the less they will need to rely on alternate means of communication, e.g. pointing, hitting, crying etc.

IDEAS to HELP with LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 
*Use meaningful language and activities
*Be aware of background noise and distractions
*Gain their attention before speaking
*Keep it short and simple
*Create the need to talk
*Allow time to respond
*Use specific vocabulary
*Give positive reinforcement
*Repeat, repeat, repeat
*Reduce the number of questions
(Ministry of Education. Much More Than Words)

Did you know that at RATA South we have a Speech Language Therapist on our team who has many years experience working with children and would be more than happy to work with your child if you felt they were not reaching their language milestones?  For any enquiries please call our office on (03) 487 9698.

Don't forget to talk, talk, talk to your children at the park, in the supermarket, out walking, even doing the housework.   See you next week at our Head Start Headquarters for some more fun.

Cheers from the

Head Start Team :)

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