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How to Improve your Child's Communication Skills

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Talk regularly with your child

When you talk with her, give her time to respond. Some children who have trouble communicating may be reluctant to talk at all. Your job is to encourage your child to start in conversation as much as possible so he or she begins to feel more comfortable sharing her thoughts. Make eye contact on her level. This will communicate your desire to hear what she has to say. Demonstrate how to make conversations relevant to what’s happening around your child.  Your child helps her see herself as a good communicator and motivate her to keep developing these skills.


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Read with your child

Reading is a very simple way to know about language. So read with your child. Read and Tell Stories. A story hearing develops children’s listening skills, vocabulary, linguistic rhythm, and sense of structure. However, not all stories have to come from books. Children can also benefit from hearing their parents tell those stories about the family’s history and their own childhood.


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Play Music and Sing with Your Child

Young children love music and movement. When they listen to lively songs they learn about the world around them and the rhythm of language. Exposing children to music and encouraging them to sing will help hone their speaking skills. Singing and music teach children rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Music education has a uniquely potent effect on children’s verbal skills and parents should take advantage.


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Follow your child's lead

If your child one seems interested in a particular picture in a book, keep talking about it. If he or she seems intrigued by a boat, show her more boats and talk about them, too. Repeat her babbles back to her, ask questions, and interact with her. You can even try recording your child on a tape recorder and playing it back.


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Encourage for diary

Some children find it easier to talk with other people once they’ve had a chance to think their thoughts through. Writing in a diary about day-to-day activities and feelings may help your child form thoughts to share with others. This can ultimately make your child feel more prepared and confident when someone asks what’s been going on or what he or she’s been doing.


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Respect and recognize your child’s feelings

Children are far more likely to share their ideas and feelings if they know they won’t be judged, teased, or criticized. You can empathize with a child’s experience, yet disagree with his behavior. For example, “I know you’re scared to sleep alone, but you need to stay in bed. Would you like some quiet music on?” Or, “I know you’re angry but you can’t throw the blocks. Here’s a pillow you can punch instead.”


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