Leonie Judith - posted on 10/19/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is 3 years old and his language is not fully developed . He spend a lot of time in front of the TV . How can I help develop my son's language . We are afrikaans and he is mixing his language with english . I am going to put him in a daycare centre next year . His grandma is looking after him at the moment.


Ev - posted on 10/19/2015




It has been shown in studies that too much time in front of a TV inhibits a child's brain growth. The neurons do not connect in the way they should for normal development. The TV or other media that a child is exposed to at this age and younger makes them dependent on that media source to be able to react to things instead of playing with toys, pretending, one on one time, and reading. Those four activities are just a few of the many things he should be doing at his age that help him learn the vocabulary he needs as he grows up to communicate. If you continue to use the TV as entertainment and babysitter, he is not going to have those connections in his brain develop as they should and he is not going to learn good speaking skills and grammar as he should.

Raye---I wholeheartedly agree with your assessments.


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Raye - posted on 10/19/2015




Your child should have a vocabulary of about 300 words. He should string words together to form complete, simple sentences such as "I go now". He should start asking simple questions, such as "What?", "Where?" and "Who?" a lot. He should be able to have a simple conversation with you about what he's doing or something he's done in the recent past.

If he uses the wrong words, try not to get frustrated with him. Simply correct him. For example if he says "we swimmed", you say "yes, we swam".

To encourage your toddler, talk to him as much as possible as you go about your daily routine and when you are out and about. The more you talk to your toddler, the more new words he'll learn, and the better and more confident he'll be at talking. As you chat with him, give him time to respond with a smile or eye-to-eye contact. Use everyday activities to help your toddler make connections between actions and objects and the words that represent them. Point out things you see when you're out and about. Simplify your speech when you talk to him and use short sentences. This will help your toddler to focus on the important information.

Basically, you can't just sit him in front of the TV all day. You and his grandma have to actually work with him to increase his speech ability.

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