How to Help Improve Your Child’s Communication Skills
When your child is already 4 or 5 years old, it’s good to talk with your child about his/her today’s activities and the images and videos he/she saw on TV and internet. The key here is to maintain a rich interaction with your child regularly to aid his/her brain development for vocabulary and communication.
Helping improve your child’s communication skills
Language is for communication and expression, which is why as soon as your child learns a few words and phrases, he/she always tries to use them to express and tell you something. Many times what young children say won’t make sense or they still find it hard to express themselves (they only know a few words or it’s still hard for them to formulate sentences). But soon enough and every day they will get better. After all, our brains (especially their brains undergoing rapid development) are good at spotting patterns and making sense of things.
By age 4 or 5, somehow they can already make sense of what happened and then retell that. They can even make up their own words in an attempt to tell a story or describe what they feel. Sometimes they even invent and tell silly stories. We parents have also gone through that process and it’s astonishing how now we can form complex sentences and paragraphs filled with abstract or technical concepts. It’s a long and detailed process and the children’s brains are continuously building neural connections 24/7 during this rapid learning phase.
It’s also astonishing that by age 4 or 5, children already have a vocabulary of 1,000 to 2,000 words. Aside from telling true and silly stories, they also use those words to understand what we adults are trying to tell them. They can also already follow complex directions and pass along information through stories or simple descriptions.
Naturally their language and communication skills will develop, as long as there are always opportunities for practice and interaction. Both children and adults learn best through action rather than explanation. After all, it’s hard to explain how exactly communication takes place but if it just happens, we somehow understand what it is and use that to express ourselves, tell a story or convey information. It’s especially the case with children who must be exposed always to interaction and rich and nurturing environments. This way, they will be getting all the inputs their brains require for productive processing and consolidation of information and experiences.