How to find your new grown-up’s voice.
We’re all wired differently and each has their own set of strengths and weaknesses.
And if you’re in a position to help, here are the things you can do to find and fix your child’s voice problem.1.
Read the book Your child has a unique voice, but you don’t have to be the one to make it work.
Listen to the book, get the information, and try to listen with your child.
If you can’t find your childs voice, read about your child in a book or video that explains what’s different and why.2.
Take your child to a therapist Your child needs a therapist to help them learn new words, to help with a child-directed language (DLC), to help their learning to express emotions, and to help build the emotional capacity for language.
The goal is to help your child develop the ability to understand and express their emotions without the help of an outside authority.3.
Talk to your child about their voiceYour child needs your help to understand what’s wrong with their voice.
If your child is able to understand how the word is being used in conversation, they’ll be able to express themselves more clearly.
For example, they might say “I’m so tired” or “I feel sleepy” without having to say, “You should see my voice.”
If you’re not sure what your child needs, talk to them about it.4.
Start using a new word Your child may not understand how their speech sounds.
They may also not understand that it’s possible to change the way they talk, by simply changing the way the words are used.
Try to use the new word for a new purpose, or for a different reason, and see if your child understands.5.
Teach your child how to use a new languageYour child may be confused or overwhelmed when learning a new foreign language, or when learning to use an unfamiliar language.
You may have to teach them a new set of words to express their feelings or to help solve a problem.
You can use a series of activities to teach your child new words or phrases that they can use when they need help understanding new situations.
For instance, you can ask your child if they need a “mummy” and “daddy,” and they may use those words to mean, “I need a mummy and a daddy, and I need to eat my mummy.”6.
Teach them to play a game or activity togetherYou may be worried that your child will get bored if they don’t get a lot of play time together.
This may be a concern for many parents, but the best way to keep your child engaged is to give them time to play together.
Start by asking your child what they like about their friends and family.
For some kids, that may mean doing something to earn money or go to the mall.
Your child will want to do something to get the attention of other people, so you can give them an opportunity to play games together.7.
Teach the word “t” to a friend, coworker, or strangerYour child has learned to speak the word with a smile and a “t.”
If they’re not getting the word out loud enough, try using the word in a different way.
For a kid to say “t,” they need to feel the word, to be able the word to be understood, and then to feel it in their mouth.
Try saying, “Let’s play a word game,” or, “How do you pronounce the word ‘t?'”8.
Help your child find a friend to talk toA good friend can be a great source of encouragement.
If the word your child uses is “dummy,” they might want to ask you to “talk with that person,” or “help me with that.”
If your voice is low and they’re having trouble with their speech, ask them to say something else.
Try not to talk over your child, or say something like, “Hey, do you like my face?” instead of, “Do you like me?”9.
Talk about your feelings with your friendsYour child can be frustrated with your inability to express your feelings.
But the best thing you can say to help alleviate their feelings is to talk about your emotions.
Ask your friends to share their own feelings or experiences that help ease their stress.
They might want your friend to be more supportive or helpful.10.
Start a support groupIf your child doesn’t have a supportive parent or caregiver, or if they’re afraid of what others will think, it may be hard to find someone who’s comfortable with you talking about your growing emotional pain.
To help your family and friends understand what it’s like to be a growing emotional person, start a support network.
Here are a few ways you can find support in your community:1.
Visit a support site