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Many parents tend to underestimate just how important oral communication skills are, especially when their kids are still at a young age. But remember that it’s never too early to invest in your child’s development, and oral communication is one of the most vital skills that anyone can have. Helping your child improve theirs will reap benefits for a lifetime. Here are some tips to help you out:

Refrain from over-correction

You need to understand that your child is still learning, and they will make mistakes. Whether they are using incorrect words or just tend to mispronounce or mess up sentence structure and grammar, parents need to understand that these are okay and form a part of learning. If you over-correct your child for every tiny mistake, you will actually discourage them and lower their confidence instead of helping them with their communication skills.

Let your child play with educational, interactive toys

Kids love to play with toys, so allow them to play with educational toys that can help them develop their language skills. For example, Ask Amy is an interactive doll that can speak, hold conversations by answering a set number of prompts, sing lullabies, and more. Your child can surely learn a lot from Ask Amy, and the best part is that the experience is both fun and educational at the same time.

Ask your child open-ended questions

Instead of asking your child ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, ask open-ended questions so that they have the chance to express themselves and what they feel/think. For example, ask questions like “Can you find a way to..?” or “What can we do instead?”

Being able to communicate effectively is a critical life skill, and parents can develop it in kids from a young age using the tips above.

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