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How Do You Improve Your Child's Vocabulary?

How Do You Improve Your Child's Vocabulary?

What methods or activities have you done to improve your child's vocabulary? Comprehension and socializing is affected by vocabulary - what do you do to help your child understand? Simple words help them understand, but then they don't have exposure to the same vocabulary as other children - widening the gap in their social circles. Do you teach words in the moment? Do you use games? story books? dictionaries? television? their special interests? daily activities to… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

The first thing we did was manipulate the environment. Before, Caden had access to all his toys, could go anywhere he wanted, and even help himself to what was in the fridge. We thought he was being independent. But, we were just creating an environment where he didn't "need" to talk to us. So, we had to teach him that he had to come to us.

We put his toys in clear plastic bins out of reach and put locks on all the doors. So, if he wanted to play with his cars, he had to come to me and say "Car". If he wanted to go into a certain room, he had to say "Door". I would also point to different items around the house and name them - chair, couch, book, tv, pot, flower. I labeled everything outside - car, truck, street, tree. I just kept feeding him words. Once he was able to effectively say these words (nouns) without prompting, I would model two word sentences for him. For example, "Open door", "Red car", "Want toys", etc. Again, once he mastered the two word sentences, I would model 3 words - "I want toast", "Open the door".

It was hard in the beginning because he was resistant. But, once he realized that I was the person who could grant his requests, it motivated him to try to say the words. I would honour his approximations because I wanted him to keep trying. Once he was able to say the full word effectively, I would expect him to keep saying it. There were times where I wouldn't give him what he wanted because he wasn't saying the full word or giving me eye contact when saying it. He got frustrated. But, it's important to be consistent.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I started talking two years ago and i haven't stopped yet. I describe, like narrate EVERY move I make. "I am peeling you an apple" etc. I speak clearly and simply. If he hands me something I identify it. He is speaking in full sentences now.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Visual learning. I cant stress this enough.

Pair words with flash cards, pictures or items. Do you want juice or milk. Hold up the juice and milk cartons.

Use books. Read the same book over and over. Master one skill at a time 1. Point to the picture as you say the word. 2. Hand over hand your child pointing to the pictures as you say the word. 3. Have your child point to the picture on his own while you say wheres the ball? 4. You point to the picture and say what this?

Start small. Teach words, then phrases, then answering questions.

Ask questions to your child and model the answer.

Talk to him as if he is answering you. Do you want to go outside? Yes. Ok lets go.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I use PECs, Signs, songs/music, apps and talking to them just like they are 10 and 12. No baby talk, ever!! Its not so much pronounciation for me, as it is words spoken for my 10yo. I mean, it is awesome to hear him speak and "the right way", but just to make the attempt. I praise for little milestones :)

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

This is when animal sounds and imitating are great!! Like someone said above talking to your child about everything, reading books, and having them have to ask for things!! My sons 10 and his vocabulary is still mostly unrecognizable (part of it is his severe dysprexia) but when we go to say the store I have him help with the list...I say the word and then he tries to repeat it! At home we read together...I point to a word, he tries to say it, I say it and then we break it down til it comes out correctly. When he was younger we played "what sound does that make" games or I'd say the alphabet (A says...Ahh) and he would say the sound with help! It's a gradual process for sure. :)

posted over 7 years ago
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