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Talking tips: Help your children develop their speech

Get face to face with your baby!

Your child learns to read your cues long before he/ she understands the words you are using.

Normal routines such as feeding, dressing and bath time are ideal opportunities for your child to understand and learn new words. Playing games and reciting nursery rhymes/ songs are important activities for speech and language development.

Play alongside your child and copy what he/ she is doing – it encourages interaction, learning and turn-taking.

Introduce reading together from an early age. Use age-appropriate books, and develop your child’s attention skills by sitting down together, looking at pictures and pointing to and naming them.