We were delighted to present our programme to parents of junior infants in Scoil Mhuire, Rathsallagh this week.  The school have brought Chatterboxes to the their school to enhance and give the children a boost in their language skills.  The programme will run with the Children having a 6 weeks of Chatterboxes and Parents will have 3 workshops with the Chatterbox team.

We gave parents lots of ideas and tips on how to find way throughout their day with their child to encourage their language skills.  All that they are probably doing but just mindfully adding it into their day even for only 5 minutes on the way to school or when they are going shopping.  By having school, children and parents on board the children really will benefit from our programme.

We cannot wait to meet with the children next week and look forward to our next workshop with parents to see how they got on.

Here are some of the things we covered in our workshop

  1. Let your child lead the play or activity so that he is talking  about something which interests him.

2. Wait for your child to say something. Some children need time to think of what to say and time to find the words.

3.  Ask Less questions because no one likes being asked a stream of questions!

4. Repeat your child’s words and sentence back to him correctly so that he hears good examples. That way you are providing a good model of language for your child and you are letting them know you have heard them!

Add language: Talk about what is happening in the here and now with your child. also, try to build on what they say by adding an additional word to what they say, for example if your child says “look at that dog” you could say “wow looks at that a big dog” or “wow that is a big dog”. adding language will allow your child to hear a great number and variety of words.

Slow down your rate of speech and make sure you have your child’s full attention before you give him an instruction

Say less: don’t overload your child with too much language

Stress and emphasis key words (for example “get your shoes and your bag” or “that teddy is soft”

Show: point, show, add actions, gestures to help your child understand