February 14, 2023

“What’s the Point?”- The Importance of Pointing to Communicate

Laura Gencarella Speech Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Laura Gencarella
Owner, Speaking Sensory LLC

Speaking Sensory speech therapy session in Charlotte, NC

Does your child use their index finger to communicate? Read the post below to figure out why this is a skill that should not be overlooked!

Children begin developing language skills at an early age. Most parents are familiar with the milestone of pointing, as it is one of first signs that a child has developed the ability to use symbols to communicate with others.

Pointing is an important step in language development, and should not be overlooked or underestimated. It helps children learn new words and concepts, as they begin to understand how they can use gestures to convey meaning. It can also help them develop relationships with other people, as they learn how to interact through pointing and gesture.

In addition, pointing plays an important role in understanding and expressing emotions. As children point to objects or people, they learn how these objects or people make them feel. This helps children better express their own feelings as well as comprehend the feelings of others.

It is beneficial for parents to encourage their children’s pointing by praising them when they point at objects or words correctly, and providing assistance if they need help identifying something they are trying to point out. Parents may also find it helpful to read books together that feature pictures; this will draw a child’s attention towards the text so that he or she can better relate what he or she is seeing with language and sounds associated with words.

Pointing forms an essential bridge between thought and language development in young children. By encouraging this behavior and helping a child identify what he/she wants using pointing gestures, adults can foster an environment where language learning is supported and encouraged!

Want an SLP tip? Place preferred items out of reach, think on a counter or somewhere where the child cannot access, and set up those communication opportunities! For example, place your child’s favorite toy on a counter, pick him up, model the “point” and see what they do! Follow along for more early intervention strategies to help optimize your child’s development! We hope this helped you understand the POWER and importance of pointing to communicate! Contact us for more information today!

Note: This content is written for instructional purposes only and should not be used in place of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any concerns about your child’s development.

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