Suggestions for Parents: Speech and Language Development

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The following suggestions are broken down by your child's grade level.

In Early Grades K–2

  • Talk with your child a lot.
  • Read different types of books. Read every day, and talk with your child about the story.
  • Help your child learn sound patterns of words. You can play rhyming games and point out letters as you read.
  • Have your child retell stories and talk about his day.
  • Talk with your child about what you do during the day. Give them directions to follow.
  • Talk about how things are the same and different.
  • Give your child chances to write.

In Later Grades 3-5

  • Keep your child reading. Find books and magazines that interest your child.
  • Ask your child what they think about what they hear or read. Connect what they read to events in their life.
  • Help your child connect what they reads and hear at school, home, and other events.
  • Talk out loud as you help your child read about and solve problems.
  • Help your child recognize spelling patterns. For example, point out the beginnings and endings of words, like "pre-" or "–ed."
  • Get your child to write letters, keep a diary, and write stories.

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