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Does Your Child Know How to Communicate with Other People?

Can your child speak clearly and have a conversation with someone else?

Books To Read Together

Hooway for Wodney Wat
Lester, Helen
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.
Louder, Lili
Choldenko, Gennifer
Lili is so shy that her voice is never heard in class until the day a good friend needs her help.
My Grandma Is Coming to Town
Hines, Anna Grossnickle
Albert and his grandma have a special long-distance relationship, but when she comes to visit, it takes him a little while to overcome his shyness.
I Can-- Speak up
Levete, Sarah
Provides strategies for handling feelings of shyness, embarassment, or nervousness in situations like public speaking and making new friends.
Basghetti Spaghetti
Vettiger, Susanne
Oscar is a young crab who, when he gets excited, mixes up his words, causing his classmates to laugh at him, but Doctor Octopus knows some games that might help.
Can Anybody Hear Me?
Meserve, Jessica
Jack's family is so noisy that no one ever hears what he says, but when he goes up the mountain with only his friend Chester, he learns how to make himself heard.

Watch and listen on DVDs and CDs

Dance with the Animals
Children unleash their imaginations as they learn about animals, dancing along with real kids on screen while imitating animals from the farm, forest and zoo. Exciting live footage of more than 60 creatures and fun facts about them all!
Thompson, Kim Mitzo

Links to Click

Tips to Try 

Let your child order his/her own food at a restaurant 

Let your child have a few minutes to talk on the phone to relatives. 

Emphasize complete sentences (example when in the library: "May I please use the computers?") 

Gently correct pronoun (I, you, he, him, her, etc.) vocabulary and pronunciation errors. When you answer, correct the error in your response (ex: Child: Him hit me! Adult: Can you tell me why he hit you?) 

Always try to use complete sentences when talking to your child.  

Now that your child is older you can use longer sentences when speaking to your child.  Instead of saying, “I’ll get it,” say “Let me help you get that box on the high shelf.” 

Check the speech and language acquisition page under parent resources.