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Improve Your Child's Speech Skills

Help your child improve their speech skills with the following tips:

  • Speak slowly and clearly so your child has a chance to hear the sounds in your words.

  • When your child's sentences are unclear, repeat what you have understood in a slow, clear manner to confirm what has been said, and to provide a good speech model.

  • Don't interrupt your child to correct sounds. Often what they have to say is more important than how they say it.

  • Praise and reward your child for all their attempts and successes. This can be in the form of smiles, hugs, kisses, cheers or small token rewards such as stickers or allowing a favourite activity.

  • Practice saying nursery rhymes, poems or songs with your child. Make them slow and rhythmic, with emphasis on sounds and words.

  • Read stories to your child. This is a good listening activity. When your child is familiar with a story have them fill in parts of it too.

For more suggestions for helping improve your child's speech skills, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.