Vigilints Heart - Why is it so very important to track your child’s language and social skills?

Vigilints Heart - Why is it so very important to track your child’s language and social skills?

Why is it so very important to track your child’s language and social skills?

We all want to get what we want when we want it. And the better we understand our own needs and the better we can verbalize these needs the easier they can be met. The ability to clearly communicate our own wishes, desires, in a way that encourages others to work together with us to meet our needs, in return for their help to meet our needs is a foundational key to success in life.

We all want to get what we want when we want it. And the better we understand our own needs and the better we can verbalize these needs the easier they can be met. The ability to clearly communicate our own wishes, desires, in a way that encourages others to work together with us to meet our needs, in return for their help to meet our needs is a foundational key to success in life.

To be able to express the need and to be able to assess the needs of others is a crucial skill for a happy and successful life. Parents help their children develop this skill as soon as the child is born. When a child has speech related challenges or lacks social skills – perhaps due to autism – it becomes even more important that the parent stays involved with the child and helps them overcome the hurdles. In short, whether the child is healthy or has challenges – parents are the most important teachers when it comes to learning how to communicate and develop strong social skills.

Practice makes perfect.  

Parental involvement is crucial to the success of a child's progress in speech or language therapy. All children need at-home stimulation activities. They are necessary for the child to learn how to express their own thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires.  For the children to succeed parents need to be patient and understanding with their children and teach them new skills to assure progress.

Social skills and the ability to have positive interactions can be taught. Even if the skills don't come easily parents who act as communications partners will have a vastly positive impact on their children's development. Parents who work with the children and longside the kids have measurable greater success in helping their kids improve their communication's skills. Parents can learn how to have a clinically proven better outcome for their kids. Check out James D. McDonald's book. "Communications Partners." There are many ways to determine a child's developmental progress. Here are a few suggestions and in the footer below please find a link to the CDC's printable listing.

Nemours’s site Kid’s Health:

  • hearing impairments
  • cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or other developmental delays
  • weak oral muscles
  • chronic hoarseness
  • birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate
  • autism
  • motor planning problems
  • articulation problems
  • fluency disorders
  • respiratory problems (breathing disorders)
  • feeding and swallowing disorders
  • traumatic brain injury

If you suspect that your child may have autism have the child checked and get some guidance as soon as possible.  Nemours’s Kids Health site alerts us that even mild symptoms may (or may not) develop into autism later on.  These mild symptoms may include difficulties with:

  • forming friendships
  • pretend play
  • knowing how to act in different social situations
  • unusual, intense interests in specific topics or activities

Talk with your child, play with your child, encourage the child to verbalize and interact with you and others. The back and forth in communication are a key factor for a happy childhood for all kids, including children who may be on the Autism spectrum.  Communicate when they are first born and keep communicating every day.  This will keep you closer, build trust, increase the fun in family life, and it is a preventative measure for some and a wonderful benefit for all kids. It sets them up to be the best they can be. When kids wan tot know why they may need to go to a speech therapist tell them this: "Just like practicing soccer or memorizing your multiplication tables, it takes practice to get better!" This is true for everything in life including communication and reading social cues.

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