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Understanding groups of words used by others

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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Deaf > Chapter 9: Learning to use a spoken language > Understanding groups of words used by others

How to help your child understand groups of words

    A woman and her son speaking together in a chicken coop.
    Leave the chicken, Manop. Today we need chicken eggs.
  1. 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.
  2. A woman speaking to her son in a chicken coop.
    Can you find more chicken eggs? We will cook chicken eggs for dinner.

  3. Praise your child if he responds in any way that shows he understood. If he does not respond, repeat the words several times.
  4. Use these words as much as you can throughout the day. Encourage the whole family to
    use them, too.
A man speaking to his son in bed.
Mama says you found 3 chicken eggs today!

In this example, the parents put together the name of an object (eggs) with a word that describes it (chicken). Using a group of words in a full sentence can help focus a child's attention on the words.

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 boy speaking as he reaches into a stream.
Fish swim.
  • a word that shows who or what an object belongs to.
A woman speaking as she shows a shirt to her son.
Papa's shirt.
  • a word that shows where an object or person is.
A boy speaking as he and a girl in a wheelchair play with a xylophone and 2 other children play on swings.
Maria is on the swing.
  • a word that shows someone wants something to happen again.
A woman speaking to her daughter, who is reaching for a bowl.
Do you want more beans?
  • a word that shows something is over, or that something cannot be done.
A man speaking as his son reaches for an empty bowl.
Rice is finished.
A boy speaking as he and his younger brother pick beans.
Pick the beans and put them in the basket.

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.

A woman speaking to her son in a garden.
Chin, can you empty the basket and bring it back?

Then slowly make
the requests more difficult.