this article originally published by Chart & Compass)
naturally in a normal family environment. But what if
your child isn't taking to communication as readily as your other kids
did? Maybe he isn't talking as much or understanding what he
There are fun ways to help kids learn the language skills that come
to most people.
My son has a
language. He can speak fine and understands single words
but when you string the words into a sentence he starts to
Try a paragraph or an abstract question and you've lost him completely.
(well, actually he's lost you completely; he knows where he is but it
very hard to follow him and always a surprise if you do figure it
Today I asked
"What would you do if you found a kitty hurt in the street?"
"squished by a car." When I tell him "Go get the pen that is
hat." He will return with the hat or sometimes whatever red
be in the room. He has trouble understanding what his ears
is no doubt he did hear it since he many times can repeat it
The problem is the processing of the words.
every day that are helping him develop these much needed
skills. I thought I'd share a few of them for other
late language-learners. Many of these games are old classics
my little eye" and some are store-bought but all of them can
be just perfect for your own child's level and interests.
Name - Ravensburger, for ages 6-10 (Alter directions for use
Board with many pictures of a variety of things, I pick one
and start with one attribute. "I live in the waterâ€¦.what
your child's skill increases you can add attributes as in "I live
I don't have gills, and I am brown." For more advanced kids
markers and everyone takes a turn describing the items.
Sound? - Discovery Toys, for ages 3 - 8
using an audio tape and bingo cards with pictures of corresponding
as: dog, clock, bird, whistle, frog, baby,pianoâ€¦.
and following directions and leads into some great
and silly play.
- Ravensburger, for ages 3-10
meant for sequencing to tell a story. Good for helping with
skills and talking about before and after also can be used as a
For more advanced kids it helps develop imagination and
you do?" conversation game for all ages.
with a question "What would you do ifâ€¦.you found a
you do ifâ€¦you got lost?" This game is great for
taking a peek
thoughts as well as providing a chance to give ideas and
for safe responses. As your child's skills grow so can
"I spy with
my little eye" a good game similar to Guess My Name only
for prompts. Instead you choose an item in site and say "I
eye something GREEN" and they guess. With every incorrect
get to add a clue. This game is helpful whether you are the
Your child can get a lot of practice putting words in order
he is the spy.
is a good
tactile experience as well as an opportunity for your child to
item or guess what it is. Place in a box various items of
and shapes such as: smooth stone or mirror, rough
round marbles or pitted golf balls. Cover your child's eyes
reach into the box and choose one item. Have her hold it in
her to feel it and try to describe it. What does it feel
What might it be? What could you do with it?
Recorder with microphone and blank tapes
of the most
useful tools I've discovered for language exploring is a
tape recorder. Show your child how to tape her voice and
noises. She may enjoy recording all the different noises in
and having you guess what they are. Or it may be enough to
own story-telling attempts. Another must is a good supply of
and a wide variety of music of her own.
these games should be FUN. For learning to happen your child
involved-the more fun it is the more they will learn and
If he isn't successful right away, make the game easier so he
You can always make it more difficult as his skills increase.