Lip-reading and communication skills
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Lip-Reading and Communication Skills

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Working with your child

FACE TOWARDS THE LIGHT (window)...  

Ask yourself...Can my child see my face clearly? 

Your child most probably is totally unaware you are trying to communicate with them. At all times you must help them by making sure they can see your face clearly. 

You can do this by facing towards the light or window.

When the light is shining on your face your child will be able to see your face clearly.This is important because they will be able to make use of extra information by filling in the 'gaps'. They will be able to see the expression on your face, as you might be happy, sad or excited and by seeing your expression it will help them make use of that extra information.

While you are playing with your child sit them so their back is towards the window and sit opposite them, facing the light.

Have fun with your child...make sure you always have a positive attitude :)

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Step-by-Step Lessons

Top Tip 1: Face towards the light

Your child most probably is totally unaware you are trying to communicate with them. At all times you must help them by making sure they can see your face clearly.

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Top Tip 2: Eye contact

It is important to get down to eye level and make eye contact with your child when you are communicating with them.

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Top Tip 3: Hold objects next to your face

By holding objects you are talking about next to your face, you be helping your child understand what you are talking about.

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Top Tip 4: Talk about things that interest your child

It is important to talk about things your child is interested in. Ask yourself: "What are they...looking at...playing with...or eating?"

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Top Tip 5: Auditory Training

As soon as you hear a sound...quickly get eye contact...point to your ear...and with an excited, happy expression on your face say..."What can you hear?"

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Top Tip 6: Speak clearly & in full sentences

It is very important to speak clearly and in a full sentence...do not over emphasise your words.  

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Top Tip 7: Encourage your child to copy words

Be happy if your child says something or even part of a word. This will encourage them to try again, as they will want to please you.

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Top Tip 8: EVERYTHING has a name

It is important to build your child's language by naming the things they are doing, playing with and their actions. By doing this you will be increasing the number of words they understand.

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