Language skills play a crucial role in a child’s social and educational development. A decade or so ago, parents didn’t really have to worry about their child’s language proficiency. Every child maintained a reasonable standard when it came to their language skills. This was because most children read a lot and also because they had to engage in writing in school. However, at present the amount of time children spend reading and writing has significantly reduced. Instead, they’d rather text or watch movies. Only a very small fraction of today’s children enjoy reading. Due to this reason, as parents of this generation it is important that you focus on making sure that your child’s language skills don’t fall behind.
It is never a good idea to introduce your child to technology very early in their life
The whole word is currently run by computers, phones, tabs etc. As parents, you feel like it is your responsibility to embrace this technology and pass it on to your children. Even though it is true that technology can help enhance your child’s potential to learn, this is not true with regard to your child’s language. Early exposure technology has the ability to hinder their capability to comprehend the basic elements of language such as spelling and grammar. Therefore, don’t be too fast when handing over a phone or a computer to your young child. It’s much better to let your child engage with a book or an English tutor, than with a phone.
You should be aware of how your child speaks
Another reason why the language skills of children improved without much effort was due to the way they spoke. Both adults and children used proper words and sentences. There weren’t any acronyms or short forms for phrases in the past. Therefore, children would simply learn their language by how their parents and peers spoke. It is pretty obvious that the situation is very different at present. Therefore, if you are unable to monitor your child’s language when speaking, at least get the English tutor who is working with your child to pay some attention to it.
Identifying any language learning issues is vital
This is probably the only area in language that has seen improvement from the past to the present. A few decades ago, a child who wasn’t able to read and write the way others did was considered to be dumb or lazy. At present, such children are given a fair trial to find out if they are undergoing some sort of learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Once diagnosed, children with such difficulties can also be given the opportunity to thrive in their language with the right interventions. Therefore, if you feel like your child is not performing to the best of his or her capabilities without a specific cause, you may want to get this checked out.