Find quality time
2 October 2018
It is important for parents to find the time to interact directly with their child whenever they can. That means ensuring too many other things do not get in the way, says Annette Rawstrone.
How can I build a language rich environment?
Studies have shown that children who are given plenty of time to engage in conversation and share books during early childhood will develop larger vocabularies and better grammar. But it can be difficult to find the time to nurture your child’s speech and language development when you’re in employment, have chores to do, and have children’s activities and parties to fit in.
Building a language rich environment means turning off the TV and distracting background noise, interacting directly with your child, turn taking and engaging fully with them – not listening out for your phone, discreetly texting, or planning tomorrow’s meeting in your head but talking, playing and having fun with them.
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