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Offer Wait Time

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Observe your child’s interests. Give encouraging expectant looks for him to interact. Listen closely to what your child says.


Stop in mid-song for a baby to react. Allow a toddler time to think of ideas. Pause for a preschooler to initiate conversations.


By offering wait time, you help children be aware of what was heard, how to respond, and when words are expected.

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