The Power of Parenting
Preventing Speech and Language Disorders

Most people recognize the importance of the parental role in the physical well-being of children. Moms and Dads, by making sure that kids are safe, getting adequate nourishment and rest, and proper medical attention, are doing what they can to minimize illness and disease.

THE BAD NEWS: Research on the influence of home environmental factors on speech and language development and disorders, however, suggests a shocking lack of parental awareness. Many parents not only fail to recognize that communication skills are the basis for future personal-social and academic success, but that optimum parent-child interaction may well prevent speech-language disorders requiring extensive and costly treatment. A common view is that "children grow into
language much like they grow into their clothes", with little need for help from parents. With such an attitude, parents do not see an active role for themselves in speech and language development.

THE GOOD NEWS: Parents may play a crucial role in preventing communication disorders while helping their children acquire good speech and language abilities. Parents are powerful role models and reinforcers of desirable behavior. They interact within the child's natural environment creating high interest experiences to talk about. Research has demonstrated that social, emotional, cognitive, and language development is interrelated and occurs best during the interaction between children and their care givers.

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  • Dangers signs for the pre-shool child
  • How to know if a child's communication development is at-risk
  • How to enchance a child's communication delevopment
  • Language Development Milestones
  • Language Development Techniques
  • Tips for Child Play
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