what do you do to help child with sentences?

Chido - posted on 06/19/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old son started talking very late, he is going to creche now. How do I help him build sentences?

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April - posted on 06/19/2011

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My son and I have a tradition that goes along with our bedtime story. Before I start reading, I ask him to remember all the things he did that day. Example: Q: Where did you go in the car today? A: I went to the dentist! Q: What did the dentist do? A: He brushed my teeth! Q: Where did we go after the dentist? A: Got ice cream! (since "Got Ice cream" is a phrase, I repeated his answer in sentence form)

*I ask him questions in an effort to get him to remember as many details as he so that he can learn to make more complicated sentences. "I like dogs" is not as exciting as "I like big dogs that bark loudly!"

April - posted on 06/21/2011

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i think he can understand that an animal doctor is called a vet. i'd tell him! it would be a great way to reinforce his language skills. by telling him, it could provoke him to ask MORE questions and then you could call it a conversation! :)

Vegemite - posted on 06/19/2011

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My son was the same even with the books. My Dr told me to talk to him like I would anyone else, in full sentences, even using words I don't think he'd understand. That way I would naturally be descriptive and use proper sentencing. With the reading he said to explain to him that I read the book to him first then he can have a turn and read it back to me, telling me all about the pictures. I also do what Kylie suggested Worked a treat. He all of a sudden started using sentence and words you wouldn't expect a 3yr old to say. It was amazing to hear this child who a month before hardly said a word and now was having conversations.

ME - posted on 06/19/2011

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My son is VERY verbal and 3 years old as well. He still mispronounces words often and uses them incorrectly occasionally. We repeat what he was trying to say back to him, and ask him to say the words correctly. Also...find a time of day when he doesn't mind sitting still to read if you can. My son will sit still for an hour for books in the evening before bed, but my daughter won't. We have to read with her in the middle of the day...

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I have to agree with Loureen her advice was my first thoughts - read and talk to your child as much as possible and when he doesn't want to read but is pointing out certain things in the book like for example a cat, expand on cat by using the colour or size ('yes black cat' or 'yes big cat') and as he picks up more words keep expanding. It may seem like he is not getting it but he is everytime you repeat a word it helps him to learn and understand it and eventually then say it.

Also if he does say a word or phrase that isn't quite right repeat it with the correct words so if he says 'shu on' say 'you want your shoes on?' he should respond in some way (my son says 'yea shus on').

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Chido - posted on 06/21/2011

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Thank you guys. My son love dogs so much and today he said mummy I want to be a dog's doctor so i dont know if I should tell him they are called Vets or should i wait until he understands better?

Kylie - posted on 06/19/2011

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You could repeat back what he says(filling in the blanks if you have to) so he can hear it again and it shows him you are hearing and understanding him which could encourage him to talk more. Like Loureen said describe things as you do them, talk to him lots. Being around other children who talk should help his development too.

Charlie - posted on 06/19/2011

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Thats fairly normal for him to get frustrated , sometimes when my eldest would get frustrated at not being able to express himself properly and I could not understand what he wanted I would just say " show mummy" and let him lead me to what it is then I would take the opportunity to teach him the word.
Just keep talking , point things out and name them for example if you are shopping you could point to an apple and say "apple" once he starts using the word you can help him build a sentence for example your son says "apple" while pointing at an apple, you can reply with " yes, Red apple " once he masters "red apple" you can elaborate and say " red apple is round"
He will start to build sentences soon just keep coaxing him to talk all of a sudden he wont be able to stop talking .

Chido - posted on 06/19/2011

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I do read but sometimes he doesnt want me to read instead I just give him the book and he flips pages naming everything on the pictures. What worries me most is sometimes he becomes very angry if doenst know what to say when he's trying to explain something to us.

Charlie - posted on 06/19/2011

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Read , read , read and talk about everything, describe things , have conversations even if he cant reply in full.

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