5 Reasons why Language is Key to your child`s Learning
14th April 2016 10:37
Language refers to your child’s talking. It is their ability to express themselves, and understand what is being said to them verbally. Some common things a mother will hear if their toddler isn’t talking is, “He will talk when he’s ready”, “He’s a boy. He will grow out of it”. This is true, some children are simply late talkers, and will quickly catch up to their peers when they start talking. Though, like stated in our last blog, there are tell-tale signs of when a child is simply a late talker and will catch up to their peers, and signs that suggest your toddler who will talk, but will continue to have delays without intervention.
So why is it important for your child to have age appropriate language?
1. Language is key to your child building relationships with others.
- With language, you can have a conversation with your child.
- With language, your child can talk with other children and form relationships.
2. Language is key to their learning success
- Language is in all areas of a child’s learning. Even in Prep, age appropriate language skills are crucial to understanding all areas of the curriculum. Not just English. From completing a maths problem, following directions, and doing ‘Show & Tell’, language is in all areas of a child’s learning.
3. Language is key to learning to read and write.
- The three most important skills for learning to read and write are: intelligence, language and phonics. A good talker, is a good reader.
- Written language is simply spoken language on paper. Therefore, if your child does not have the spoken word, they will have difficulties learning to read the written word.
4. Language is key to helping your child understanding their emotions.
- In our clinic, we often see children with language difficulties who experience difficulty understanding their own and other’s emotions. This difficulty can manifest itself in various ways, most often with unusual and very repetitive behaviours.
- Once a child learns about emotions and can put words to these emotions, the unusual behaviours reduce.
5. Language is key to your child’s overall wellbeing.
- Children who are able to express themselves effectively are happier and have less behavioural difficulties. We believe that no child is intentionally ‘naughty’ on purpose, and have found that helping a child learn positive behaviours when building their language abilities helps to reduce their frustration and negative behaviours.
- Being able to talk with others we believe is key to emotional wellbeing in children. The ability to have a conversation is something every child wants to do, and it is their right.
Age appropriate language is crucial for a child’s success for their future learning, and cannot be stressed enough. Not only is it the key to the child’s happiness and success, but also one for an adult. The ability to effectively communicate is not only an essential skill in life, but arguably the most important one.
If you are concerned about your child’s language, you can check our website for language development milestones, or you can contact Queensland Speech Pathology Services to discuss any concerns you may have.