Developing Listening Skills and Speech Sounds from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Developing Listening Skills & Speech Sounds:
Children do not learn to say all speech sounds at once; instead, they say sounds in a predictable sequence depending on the particular language or languages they are learning. It is important that parents and siblings are good speech models. Speak clearly, naturally and use correct speech sounds and real words. If your child is being raised in a bilingual home, communicate with your child in the language that you are most comfortable using. If your child has a speech error, say the sound correctly in your own speech. Don’t correct your child in the early stage of speech development. If your child is older and producing a sound in error, use a natural correction by letting them know you understand what they are trying to say, but you heard a certain sound rather than the sound he or she may have meant to say. Do not embarrass your child. Always show excitement when your child is speaking and take an interest. If the timing is not right for conversation, do not cut them off but rather explain that you want to hear what they have to say but you need to finish…whatever it is you need to finish…so you can give them your full attention. Finally, make sure that you have your child’s full attention when you speak. You are their greatest teacher and every moment is an opportunity to develop speech and language.
Shawn Krumholtz & Tina Whittaker