Allow your child to start conversations, or engage them in conversation with you until they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts. Find spaces of conversation in your daily activities with your child. You can try asking what their favorite color is or what food they would like to eat. Try to make the conversation relevant to your child’s life experiences.
Regular conversation also allows you to introduce new words and concepts to the child. This can increase your child’s vocabulary and help in self-expression.
Ask how their day went
When your child gets home from school, ask how their day went. Encourage your child to describe and detail what happened to them in school. Besides helping you and your child bond, this also helps your child in two key skills: recall and sequencing. Kids with communication issues sometimes struggle with these two skills.
Listen to your child
As a parent, you have to lead by example. When your child tells you something, actively listen to what they are saying. After your child tells you something, repeat it and try to build upon the idea.
For example, if your child tells you that their favorite color is blue, you can respond by saying, “Your favorite color is blue? That’s my favorite color, too. What about blue do you like?” These interactions give your child a place to practice listening and reflecting when someone speaks with them.
Your child might find certain scenarios or situations stressful and this may make it harder for them to communicate. A certain teacher or classmate, for example, can make your child nervous and tongue-tied. You may help your child get over the hurdle by role-playing. You can role-play as either character so your child can practice things they may want to say in a scenario with that person.
Body language is also important
Nonverbal cues are also a big part of communication. Kids with communication issues may find it harder to pick up on these cues. As a parent, you can help describe certain actions and explain the reason behind them. Sentences such as “I’m covering my face because I’m shy” or “I’m waving my fists because I’m angry” can help your child pick up on nonverbal cues.
One of the ways to help in boosting communication skills in children is to read with them. This encourages your child to increase their grasp of listening, reading, and talking. These are all key skills for communication. Don’t worry if your child keeps picking the same material to read. This allows your child to have a better grasp of the material as well.