5. What can I do while I’m waiting for service?

Speech

Instead of stopping and “correcting” your child’s speech, repeat back what they have said, clearly pronouncing the sounds they have trouble with. For example, if your child says “tar” instead of “car,” you can say, “yes, we’re going in the car.”

Just as physical development has a general pattern, so does speech sound development.

Handout: Speech Sound Development Chart

Language

Children often learn to talk by copying what they hear. The single most helpful thing you can do as a parent is to talk to your child using short, simple sentences. Don’t worry about asking your child to say or copy a word; they will copy on their own as soon as they are able.

For more parent language strategies, see handout:

Handout: Language Strategies at a Glance

If you have extended health benefits your plan may include a yearly allowance for private speech and language services. A list of private practitioners can be found on the following website: www.bcaslpa.ca. Accessing private services while waiting will not impact your child’s placement for our services.

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