What you can do to help your childs's speech and language

In early elementary grades (K-2)

  • Talk with your child frequently

  • Read a variety of books; read often and talk with your child about the story

  • Help your child focus on sound patterns of words such as those found in rhyming games

  • Have your child retell stories and talk about events of the day

  • Talk with your child during daily activities; give directions for your child to follow (e.g., making cookies)

  • Talk about how things are alike and different

  • Give your child reasons and opportunities to write

In later elementary grades (3-5)

  • Continue to encourage reading; find reading material that is of interest to your child

  • Encourage your child to form opinions about what he or she hears or reads and relate what is read to experiences

  • Help your child make connections between what is read and heard at school, at home, and in other daily activities

  • Talk aloud as you help your child understand and solve problems encountered in reading material

  • Help your child recognize spelling patterns, such as beginnings and endings of words (e.g., pre- or -ment)

  • Encourage your child to write letters, keep a diary, or write stories










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