What can I do to help my child?
The speech pathologists at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center can help you and your child.
- Listen attentively to your child!
- Respond to all your child's vocalizations and attempts to communicate.
- Read colorful books to your child everyday.
- Name objects and people in your child's environment.
- Ask your child to point to or name common objects, people, toys, and animals.
- Play simple games with your child, such as Peek-a-Boo, Pat-a-Cake.
- Sing songs with your child, such as Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Ring Around the Rosie.
- Keep your speech simple and concrete, at your child's level.
- Speak slowly, describing what your child is doing, seeing, and experiencing.
- Explain new experiences before you go, while you're there, and after you're back at home.
- Provide many different opportunities for children to be exposed to language. For example, trips to the zoo,
walks to the park, shopping mall visits, or play-dates with other children.
- Expand your child's utterances by adding adjectives or objects to make them more meaningful.
- See a speech pathologist if you have concerns about your child's speech or language development.
If you feel your child is having difficulty with speech or language development, we can assist you by assessing your child's speech-language development, offer suggestions, and provide therapy services if needed with a referral from a physician.