Do you feel like your child tends to communicate by using a limited variety of words? Are you looking for ways to expand his/her vocabulary? I find that children sometimes get stuck in a noun and verb rut. “I want my milk.” “Let’s jump.” “I want to pet the doggie.”
Adjectives- our describing words can be a great way to expand a child’s vocabulary. (Understanding and the use of these words are also very important when reading or writing.) Think about all the ways you can describe something:
- what color is it
- what shape is it
- what size is it
- where do you typically see it
- does it make a sound
- how many are there
- does it move, if so how does it move
- how does it smell
- what does it do
- how does it feel
- and many more….
Use a variety of these descriptive words while you are playing with your children or reading to them. For instance, while at the park and playing in the sand…
- sand is brown (tan- depending on age)
- small/tiny pieces
- you can see it at the park or the beach
- there are billions of pieces of sand
- it smells like dirt
- you can make things with it, like sandcastles
(Vary the words based on your child’s age and the experiences they have had. For instance, if he/she has never been to a beach, I would skip this description.)
Each day presents many opportunities to add to your child’s vocabulary by vividly describing what you are seeing or doing together, whether it is a visit to the zoo, going for a walk, playing with play-doh, or shopping for groceries.
Come back next week for my next blog on vocabulary development milestones!
If your child is not meeting his/her language milestones call Integrated Therapies at (602) 763-0915 with any questions or to schedule and appointment. The earlier therapy is started, the better the outcome! I can assist you in building your child’s vocabulary and language skills. These skills are so important for communication and success in school. Lets work together to help your child succeed!