Teaching verbs to children is very important. Listening to your children speak is a joyous and emotional experience for parents. A child’s first words are usually nouns such as Mama, Dada, Baba, etc. As your child grows and by the time they are two years of age, they will start picking up some common verbs such as go, eat, sleep wash, etc.
– a recent study showed that 2-year-olds who use more verbs had advanced grammatical skills six months later
Always seek advice from a certified speech-language pathologist if you have concerns about your child’s speech and language developmental milestones. Let us look at some activities to teach verbs to children with speech and language delays.
Children love to play. They learn various skills using pretend play. You can use playing to teach different verbs to your child. It is one of the simplest activities.
Step by Step Instructions:
You are making vegetable soup with your child.
Target Verb: ‘cut’
You can comment: “Oh wow! You picked a carrot! The carrot looks bright and orange; let’s cut the carrot. Cut, cut, cut…… Let’s cut slowly. Ok, all done! We cut the carrot. Oh, you picked some onions. Now, let’s cut the onion. We have to cut two onions that you picked…….”
Books teach verbs in a more structured way. Many books contain repetitive words and provide multiple opportunities to model the target verbs.
Multiple ways you can use books in teaching verbs
Interactive games are interesting, fun-filled, and engaging activities to target verbs. It is one of the best ways to encourage the learning of verbs. These games can be effective as they keep your child engaged for a long time.
Advantages of using Interactive games
Some interactive game suggestions:
Please get in touch with your child’s speech-language pathologist if you have any questions about activities to teach verbs to children with speech and language delays.
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