Make Listening and Communicating Easier

How you can make listening and communicating easier for your child

  • Speak clearly and naturally and at a normal pace.
  • Make sure you have your child’s attention before you start to talk to them.
  • Always give your child plenty of time to respond to anything you say.
  • Make sure you are facing your child and maintain good eye contact.
  • Try to be on the same level as them and that they can see your face clearly.
  • Use visual cues where possible. Point to what you are talking about.
  • Use a well-lit room and don’t have your back to a window as this creates shadows and makes it difficult to to read facial expressions or to lipread.
  • Try to make sure that background noise is kept as low as possible.
  • Don’t shout or speak too slowly as it distorts lip pattern
  • While speaking don’t smoke, eat or block the view of your face.
  • Keep beards and moustaches trimmed
  • Remember glasses and sunglasses can make it difficult to maintain eye contact
  • When in a group, speak one at a time
  • Make sure you let your child know there is a change in topic
  • Some words or signs may not be easily understood, try using a different word that means the same.

Last Reviewed: 28/03/2012