We all have routines in our daily life: wake up, brush teeth, breakfast. As adults, we tend to follow routines without giving them a second thought. For our children, we begin to establish routines in early infancy, from feedings to bedtime, to help them gain a sense of predictability. But what about verbal routines?
Verbal routines are words that become predictable because you say them the same way, in the same activity, repeatedly. Common examples of verbal routines are statements such “1,2,3”, “ready, set, go” or favorite songs and nursery rhymes. Introducing verbal routines into your daily routines can be a great way to promote speech and language skills in children.
If you want to encourage your toddler to talk, you need to involve words in your everyday routine. Pick a few easy words or phrases that you know your child is paying attention to during each daily routine (brushing teeth, bathtime, mealtime, leaving the house).
Say these words or phrases to your child every single day—the more repetition the better! Remember, the key here is to find words or items you know your child is attending to, visually at that particular time, and then label it for them.
Here are some ways you can incorporate verbal routines into your day..
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