Welcome to the Let’s Get Talking video series, offering practical advice and support in developing your child’s speech, language and communication skills.
Take a look at our introductory video on supporting the development of the skills below:
Click on any of the links below to be taken directly to a specific animation in this series, or alternatively scroll down to view them one by one:
Keep it simple
When supporting your child’s communication development, it’s important to match your own talking with your child’s current skills.
We share tips for keeping communication simple in this video:
Following your child’s lead
Following your child’s lead is a great way to help them grow in confidence and make choices for themselves. As your child explores the world around them, noticing what they are taking an interest in and talking about these things can help your child’s language development.
Watch this video for more guidance:
By offering daily choices to your child, you are opening up more opportunities to learn and use new words.
You can offer choices in many situations, as detailed in this video:
One of the best ways to help your child to develop their talking and communication skills is to comment on what they are doing. Repeating words in this way should help your child learn new words.
Take a look at our video for more information:
Listen and respond
Giving your child lots of opportunities to talk is a great way to develop their communication skills. They will need time to think about their responses, so it is important to listen and give them thinking time.
Our video below explains more:
Dummies can have an impact on the development of speech sounds if they are used too much. Time without a dummy gives your child more opportunities to have a go at talking and communicating.
This video gives more information about dummy use: