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Family Advice on Language Development

Playing with Toys, Playing Without Objects, Behaving Enthusiastically, Using Exaggerated Facial Expressions, Being a Model, Asking Questions, Parallel Talking

Family Advice on Language Development

  1. Follow the child's lead. (Presenting whatever toy he wants to play with, etc.)

  2. Create opportunities for the child to communicate.

  3. For example, put the object to be played with in a place where he can see but cannot reach, and then give him the opportunity to ask for it.

  4. Wait for the child to contact.

  5. Do not give too much stimulus before your child interacts with you to communicate.

  6. Give feedback by expanding the child's communicative behavior.


Leadership Tracking Tips:

  • Play With Toys

Keep the toys that the child likes in the environment, if possible, two of them. Remember that children can play with all kinds of objects, not just toys.

  • Objectless Game

Even if the child likes such games, the activities he likes are applied. With their interest, the game is created. (Tickling, chasing, tugging, cee etc.) Communication with the child should be ensured within these games.


  • Sensory Games 

It is important to follow the child's leadership in sensory games as well. Participation in the child's play is ensured. (Lights on and off in sequence, playing with water, sand etc.) It is necessary to be lively and cheerful while performing all these activities.


  • Be Enthusiastic About the Event

Behave enthusiastically when participating in activities chosen by the child. This increases social participation.

  • Using Exaggerated Gestures

Using exaggerated gestures while speaking makes the meaning more obvious to children.​ It becomes easier for the child to comment on the action. Provides models for gestures.

  • Using Exaggerated Facial Expressions

Using exaggerated facial expressions that are meaningful with context provides additional information for the child to understand the context.  

Exaggerated Pronunciations:  Changes in tone are made in the speed of speech. (whispering, using exaggerated voice, etc.). Exaggerated sound is used in surprising situations. (AAA dropped etc.)



It is important to talk about the object that the child is interested in and to voice the behaviors.

​It is very important to use language appropriate for the child while doing this. The language used is simplified according to the child. Speech speed is adjusted, emphasis is placed on important target words. It is said over and over again. In this behavior, which we call parallel speech, the child's play is watched and his actions are explained by you in a simple language. (You bought the car, the car is going, etc.)


Expansion, on the other hand, can be said as adding a target word while voicing the activity. (You take the car, the green car is going, the green car is too fast, etc.)


Be sure to avoid asking too many questions (is my son/daughter that car?, is the green car driving? What did we do with the car? Did it crash? etc.)


  • Do not create unexpected situations:

Encourage your child to communicate with you by doing things he doesn't expect to happen. (For example; don't wait for him to react by putting his shoes on backwards, put one arm of his shirt on and the other one over his head, etc.)

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