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SoundStart is led by Pathways Health Centre for Children
1240 Murphy Road
Sarnia, Ontario N7S 2Y6
Phone: (519) 542-2074

  Thursday, May 19, 2022

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When we talk about language, we consider two different skills: expressive and receptive language. Expressive language considers all the ways we share thoughts, ideas and feelings including verbal, nonverbal, and written forms. Receptive language considers the comprehension or understanding of language. Language can be broken into 3 parts…

  1. Content, which includes semantics or vocabulary (choosing the best word to express a thought)
  2. Form, which includes phonology or our sound system and the rules around how we combine sounds. Form also includes syntax and morphology which are the grammar rules behind our word order (we don’t say "go to the store I") and the rules for word endings (plurals, past tense)
  3. Use, which talks about pragmatics, or the social rules around communicating.

Little ones begin to develop their language skills in infancy and learn most about communication through everyday interactions with parents and caregivers. We don't  "teach" children communication skills, they typically "catch" on to language during daily routines and experiences. Parents and caregivers can do many things to use language that is easy for children "catch".


Tempting your child to talk

Often times, the more we want our children to talk, the less they do! This document contains suggestions for ways to set up situations for young children to use their words and gestures to make requests.

Tips for parents and caregivers with young children

By slightly changing how we talk with young children, we can have a significant impact on a child's developing communication skills.

Homework Calendar - Preposition

Homework Calendar - Preposition

Fun activities if your child is mixing up prepositions (e.g., in/on/ under/behind/beside/in front)

Homework Calendar - Pronouns

Homework Calendar - Pronouns

Fun activities if your child is using "he/she" incorrectly.