Are you looking for an intervention for language development that won’t cost you a thing? This is basic, yet brilliant and something that many people don’t even think about doing!!!
In today’s video I will share a story with you that involves a language development strategy that I used at work and then tried at home with my infant daughter.
If you try this, you may get some odd looks or some comments like, “What are you doing?” I say go for it because the results are worth it!!
When I say worth it I mean that when you develop language for a child at any age, you are giving the child, the family and educators a HUGE gift, the gift of communication.
Communication, which includes vocabulary development, is such an integral piece in things like reducing unwanted behaviors, building self-esteem, and pre-reading skills.
One of the first things I want in place when I’m dealing with behavior issues is a communication system. Behavior Communicates and when a child does not have the words to use to get his wants and needs met, he will use his body to communicate!
I know with my daughter, Ashlyn, I could, at a very early age, communicate with her and explain things. Likewise, she could easily communicate her wants and needs without using negative behaviors to get what she wanted. I never had to say, “I just wish she could tell me what she wants”.
Developing a communication system will take longer for a child with special needs, but the point is, you CAN DO THIS FASTER! This will happen if we help it along in a more intense way. Just remember, this bombardment doesn’t have to be done verbally. You can do intense language interventions visually as well. You can use a core vocabulary board or the Touch Chat app on the iPad. Whatever you choose, just make sure you give loads of opportunities to hear or see language and vocabulary!
Take a look at the video and see just how I did this!
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Take care and I’ll see you next time!