Speech And Language Difficulties
Advice for parents who are raising bilingual children who have speech and language difficulties.
- Keep speaking in your own language. Do not start speaking in a language that you are not competent in, even though it maybe the new language that your child is learning (For example, English).
- Keep language simple and use short phrases when talking to your child.
- Keep repeating new words so that your child gets used to hearing them.
- Use gestures, facial expressions and body language to help show your child what you mean.
- Encourage your child when they communicate in any way or any language.
- Share a simple list of 10 to 20 commonly used words in your home language with your child's nursery, pre-school or childminder.
If you have concerns about your child’s language development, please talk to your health visitor, early years setting staff or your local children’s centre.