About the Language Learning Process
Though learning a language is a life time journey, most of the journey takes place in the early years. In a child’s life, the first five years is normally the time when brain development is at its peak. The child can learn a lot of things through their experiences as they are more receptive. It has been proven by studies that children learn languages when they are involved in back and forth interactions with important adults in their family. In order for the child to be motivated to learn a parent needs to give a good feedback any time the child communicates through gesture, sound or a word.
A child’s language learning process is reinforced by responsive feedback. When a child does not receive the essential feedback that would have built their language, they communicate less or do not communicate at all. Children will communicate less if their family members talk less or when the children are talked to less. Adult family members should always respond to any communication gesture from a child. The communication development of a child is delayed if the above is done. The advice given to some parents is that they should wait for the child to outgrow the situation. However, the wait and watch approach is not encouraged as it derails the child’s language learning process in this critical stage.
Children can hardly participate in conversations and activities when they have not developed good speech. When the children do not get the help they require the situation becomes worse. The probability that the children will be left behind more is high. Extra support received by a child from the important adults in their lives improves their situation tremendously. Speech therapy intervention is great to salvage the situation if done very early. It enables the children develop skills through communication skills. It will help the child to be successful in their future academic and personal life.
Tips are there to help a child in language learning. Assisting the kids to build their language skills is the first. Starting fake conversations with your child is one technique you can use to do this. Teaching the child non-verbal communication skills is the other tip. This is important and you have to be there to guide them. Communication skills can be learnt by the children through watching their parents. You should be very cautious every time you are communicating as the children will take in what they see and hear. This will help them have great communication skills.
Offer guidance and be part of their learning process. Always be attentive when your child tries to communicate and you will notice your feedback helps reinforce their language skills.
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