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Understanding groups of words used by others
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How to help your child understand groups of words
When your child names an object or person, expand on what he says.
Stress the group of words you want your child to learn and repeat the group several times.
- Praise your child if he responds in any way that shows he understood. If he does not respond, repeat the words several times.
Use these words as much as you can throughout the day. Encourage the whole family to
use them, too.
To teach your child other groups of words, try putting the name of an object or person together with:
- a word that shows what a person or thing does.
- a word that shows who or what an object belongs to.
- a word that shows where an object or person is.
- a word that shows someone wants something to happen again.
- a word that shows something is over, or that something cannot be done.
How to help your child follow 2- step requests
When your child understands more words, he can begin to follow more difficult requests. You can begin by expanding the simple requests your child already understands by turning them into requests that have 2 steps.
Then slowly make
the requests more difficult.