Tips for parents:
- Whenever your child starts a conversation, respond positively.
- Your child may try to join a conversation with a comment that has nothing to do with what you are talking about. Acknowledge the comment, but suggest that you talk about that subject later. Gently remind your child about the subject you are talking about.
- Remember to include as many comments as questions in your conversations. A string of questions with yes/no answers will quickly dead-end a conversation. Instead say, "Tell me about it" or "How did you do it?"
- Get your child's attention before you talk.
- Talk in short, simple sentences that you know your child can understand.
- If you make a comment or ask your child a question, give the child enough time to answer.
- Don't put pressure on your child to answer you.
- Show your child how to end a conversation or change a subject.