Language Modeling at the Store
Have you ever wondered how you can support your child's language development while at the grocery store? Here are some fun and easy tips:
If you make a grocery list you can talk through the list with your child: for older children discuss where you might find items in the store, for younger add a sound effect for the food (eg., if you are going to buy apples you could model a "crunch" sound)
Describe the produce: you can talk about the color, shape, size, texture
Comment on things your child points to: label the item and if they are requesting it, explain why they can or cannot have it
If they sit in a cart, talk about how it feels: is the metal cold? hard? Are the wheels squeaky? Does the cart shake when it moves?
If appropriate, they can help put the food items on the conveyor belt
Have fun shopping!
- McKenzie Rushcamp MA CCC-SLP