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A lot of parents get in touch with me when their children are about 12 years old because they are worried about the clarity of their children's speech. Many children mumble, which basically means that they are speaking too quietly, too quickly, not opening their mouth and often using one word instead of sentences. This all adds up to speech that is difficult to understand and listen to.
There are things that you can do, at home regardless of age (although older children might feel as though you are being particularly pedantic) to help children to speak in sentences.
Find a picture or photo of an animal, I suggest cat, dog or giraffe but you can use any animal you like. You are going to show this picture to your child and discuss in sentences. Sit somewhere comfortable with your child and have a fun 10 - 15 mins with them talking about the picture. When your child answers you, repeat their answer in a sentence but do it in a way that they will hardly notice - whatever you do, don't make it sound as though you are correcting or criticizing your child. For example, in the photo abpve you could ask ' what colour ears does the dog have' and your child may answer 'black' so you then repeat ' Yes this dog has black ears'. The questions and pictures will obviously alter depending on the age of the child. This has to be fun! My online video course has 24 lessons showing you how to help your child. All of these lessons are fun and although aimed at younger children, 4- 9 years it is easy once you have watched a few lessons to adapt it for older children. I have included free with the course a download of lessons for older children. The technical skills which are covered are the same whether you are 5 years old, 15 years old or 50 years old!
As parents we spend hours encouraging children to walk (often before they are ready), to count and to read but we rarely spend time actively encouraging them to speak clearly. I don't mean correcting how a word is pronounced, 'no, it's not oppolit, it's opposite' (a word I had trouble with as a child) I mean teaching them to speak in sentences. We assume that because we talk all day every day our children will pick it up. This course will show you how to help children, how to correct them, how to encourage them to speak in sentences and how to have fun with sounds. The methods used in this course can be used to help children who aare just learning to speak or older children who just lack clarity or confidence.