We’re all dealing with tough stuff right now. Having a child who is struggling with their social language can make things even more challenging for you. Together we can start to get you some relief. To help you manage your child’s symptoms before your appointment, we wanted to share some strategies you can start using today.
Here are 3 tips to help you get started:
- Whenever you interact with your child, first ensure that you have their attention. Get closer to them if they are across the room, get face-to-face, wait until they are looking at you before speaking.
- Supplement what you are saying with pointing/showing objects or pictures of what you are talking about. Incorporate facial expressions and body language too. By doing this you help your child learn that understanding others is about hearing what they say and how they say it.
- When you watch a movie, or read a book, talk out loud about the clues that you see that help you understand what characters might be thinking/feeling and why. “Sarah seems worried that her friend is late. I can tell because Sarah is looking at the clock and has a worried look on her face.”
We’ve seen this be helpful for many children. It may take a little while, but it can really help! We know this is tough stuff, and we’ll be here with you every step of the way. We can’t wait to start moving forward, together. See you soon!