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Tips to Support Your Child's Communication in the Early Years

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How To Make Communication Fun and Meaningful for Your Child:

  • Make sure your child is wearing their hearing aids/processors (if they’ve been prescribed). Having the TV or radio off makes listening easier.
  • Use short sentences with keywords, phrases, or signs (if using) that pertain to their daily routines. For example, washing, getting dressed, eating, playing, etc. Repeat words and phrases many times.
  • Get your child’s attention and eye contact by saying their name or holding up a toy.
  • Share simple books.
  • Sing rhymes and songs.
  • If your child is very young, use symbolic sounds for toys. For example, “brmm-brmm” or “quack-quack” because those sounds are easier to hear. Using a ‘sing song’ voice helps.
  • If your child is older, give them a reason to communicate with you. For example, they have to ask if they want a snack because they can’t open the cupboard. Or give them a choice between two things (usually food).
  • Surround your child with lots of language for what they are doing, where they are going, and what they can see.

Give your child plenty of fun, simple games that you can all enjoy. You know your child best and what works for them.

Useful Links:

British Sign Language (BSL) Links:

  • Brackley Area
  • Corby Area
  • Daventry Area
  • East Northants Area
  • Kettering Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • North Northamptonshire
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Age range
Suitable for ages from 0 to 4 years
For people with
Sensory Impairments
Eligibility criteria
Age Range - Early Years
Provider category
Targeted Services - Additional Support Needs

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Last updated 15 February 2024