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How can I help my child improve his speech?

If you have a hard time understanding what your preschooler is trying to tell you sometimes, there are ways you can help him improve his speaking skills. Here are a few suggestions:

•    Be a good listener. Don’t just hear what your child is saying, get involved in his conversation. Ask him questions and encourage your child to talk. Practice makes perfect!
•    Talk to your child a lot. Listening to conversations also allows your child the opportunity to improve his speech as he is hearing the correct way to say words.
•    Use a recorder so your child can listen to himself telling a story or singing a song.
•    Use a picture book and have your child fill in the story. This not only builds on your child speaking skill, but it also allows their imagination to run wild.
•    When you go for a walk, take along a container to collect things you find on the journey such as pretty rocks, bird feathers, or leaves. After you get home, have your child use the items as show and tell for the family, describing each item and where he found it.

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Sometime around the age of four, your child will begin to take an interest in his name. This is because he is starting to learn letters and can recognise those letters that belong in his name.
Get your child’s attention immediately by whispering to him - this let’s your child think that something fantastic is about to happen!
Most four year old children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
At four years of age, most children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
You will find that your child is a very willing little helper at this age. Let him help you with anything that you feel he is capable of doing - all these things will help to teach him responsibility.
A typical 4 year old child is usually able to count up to ten or more
At 4 years of age, a child’s learning method is very visual.
By three years old, your child is more aware of colours, and with a little help, he or she should be able to tell them apart, and name them, soon.
A typical 3 year old can hold up the correct number of fingers when they are asked how old they are.
Even though it’s too early for your three year old to learn how to read, you can help kick start the process with a few easy tips.

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