How your child communicates

Communication heading

Let’s yarn about communicating...

What have you noticed about how your child communicates at home, at school and in the community?

Does your child:

  • avoid talking to people?
  • find it hard to follow or understand instructions?
  • talk too much?
  • get frustrated when trying to talk about things?
  • play with objects and things instead of people?

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions this may mean your child:

  • does not know how to communicate
  • does not understand what is being said
  • does not know when to talk or when to stop
  • does not know how to play with people
  • feels frustrated that others do not listen to him or her

If your child communicates like this, you could try:

  • getting their attention first by using their name
  • telling them one thing at a time
  • getting down to their level to yarn with them
  • giving a positive response when your child responds correctly
  • using visuals – pictures or words on cards that help to explain these ideas

If you are concerned about your child’s development see your doctor or go to a child health centre. DON’T ‘wait and see’. ACT NOW. 

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