Use of Praise and Positive Reinforcement
Praising your child for something he has said or done will build self-esteem and confidence. These feelings are often influenced by a child’s interaction with their family. Positive reinforcement will give your child the feedback he needs to help him make better sense of the world around him. Say “RAH, RAH, RAH!” for even a squeak, Praise it cause your child’s trying to speak!
- Praise efforts and sound/word approximations.
- “Catch” your child using sounds.
- Use nonverbal praise (smiles pats, high-fives, hugs, applause)
- Use verbal praise (e.g., “Good Talking!”)