Understanding the Language Learning Process
It is a life time journey to learn a language, however the major part of this journey takes place in the early years. In a child’s life, the first five years is normally the time when brain development is at its peak. The child is more receptive and they can learn a lot of things through their experiences. Studies prove that the children learn the languages through the back and forth dialogue with important adults in their family. In order for the child to be motivated to learn a parent needs to give a good feedback any time the child communicates through gesture, sound or a word.
The language learning process of a child will benefit from a responsive feedback. When a child does not receive the essential feedback that would have built their language, they communicate less or do not communicate at all. Less or no communication to the child by the family members causes the child to communicate less. This fact makes it crucial for adult family members to always respond to any communication gesture from a child. The communication development of a child is delayed if the above is done. The advice given to some parents is that they should wait for the child to outgrow the situation. The child’s language learning process in this critical stage is derailed by the wait and watch and watch approach.
Children who have not developed good speech can hardly participate in conversations and activities. When the children do not get the help they require the situation becomes worse. Chances are the children will be left behind more. Extra support received by a child from the important adults in their lives improves their situation tremendously. Speech therapy intervention is great to salvage the situation if done very early. It enables the children develop skills through communication skills. It will help the child to be successful in their future academic and personal life.
There are certain tips to help a child in language learning. First, assist the kids to build their language skills. It is possible to do this by starting fake conversations with your child. Teaching the child non-verbal communication skills is the other tip. Being there to guide them is important. Children usually learn communication skills from watching their parents. Children will take in what they see and hear so be careful any time you are communicating. This will help them have great communication skills.
You should be involved in their learning process and offer guidance. Always be attentive when your child tries to communicate and you will notice your feedback helps reinforce their language skills.