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Strategies to Improve Your Child's Speech

Is your child's speech difficult to understand? Is your child becoming frustrated at not being understood? If so, be sure to seek help from a licensed, ASHA certified, speech-language pathologist. You can help your child at home by modeling good speech and making sure your child looks at your face when speaking to him. Speak in short sentences to encourage your child to do the same to maximize effective communication.
If you don't understand what your child is saying but have an idea, provide a choice so that he/she can answer "yes"or "no"and decrease frustration. Focus on visible sounds first, such as "b", "p", "m" and associate the sounds with environmental sounds such as an engine, popping sound, etc.