March 23, 2023

Parents are the Original A.I. – How Modeling and Narrating Improve Communication.

Laura Gencarella Speech Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Laura Gencarella
Owner, Speaking Sensory LLC

Speaking Sensory speech therapy session in Charlotte, NC

With today’s “Talking Treasures” post, we discussed how asking your favorite, household AI questions can assist with sentence structure and foundational conversation skills. Albeit they might have more knowledge, your child will always think you’re the most interesting person in the room. Did you know that simply talking to your child at an early age is linked to their success as communicators? That might seem obvious, but we are often providing education on how much this impacts cognition and language development. Take a read below to learn more!

1. Vocabulary Building

When you talk to your child, you introduce them to new words they may not have heard before. By hearing words in context, they are more likely to remember them and understand what they mean. Moreover, having conversations with adults trains the child’s brain to classify words based on function and meaning, which allows them to more effectively acquire new vocabulary.

2. Grammar and Sentence Structure

As you speak with your child, they will begin to pick up on sentence structure and grammar. They will learn how to construct sentences, where to place verbs and adjectives, and how to form questions. Hearing language used correctly will help your child build a strong foundation for grammar and writing skills later on.

3. Social and Emotional Development

Talking to your child also helps them develop socially and emotionally. Engaging in conversations teaches them how to express their emotions and needs, how to listen to others, and how to take turns speaking. They will learn how to understand and respond to social cues and start to understand social communication better.

4. Cognitive Development

Having conversations helps children develop their cognitive abilities. Children who talk often with adults are more likely to engage in complex thought processes like anticipating patterns, predicting outcomes, categorizing and comparing different words or ideas. This cognitive development enhances their creative and analytical skills.

5. Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem

When children are engaged in conversation, they are given validation, and their voice is heard. This is a significant boost to the child’s self-esteem and confidence in their own communication abilities. The more comfortable a child feels in communicating, the more likely they are to continue trying to communicate and develop their language skills.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for ways to promote language development in your child, start by having conversations with them from an early age. Narrate their day to them if they can’t talk back yet, ask them questions, and actively listen to their responses. By doing so, you will help them build their vocabulary, improve their grammar and sentence structure, develop socially and emotionally, enhance their cognitive development, and increase their confidence and self-esteem.

In short, just talking to your child can have a profound impact on their language development and growth. So, make sure to give your child plenty of opportunities to communicate, and you’ll be setting them up for success! Did you learn how modeling and narrating improve communication? Contact us with questions today!

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