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Self-Talk & Parallel-Talk

Tips to promote speech and jumpstart your toddler’s language development during daily activities and routines.


How to use Self-Talk & Parallel-Talk


What is it?

Self-talk is a strategy in which you narrate what you are doing. Parallel-talk is a strategy in which you narrate what your child is doing. Both help create a language-rich environment!









Self-talk and parallel-talk expose your child to a wide variety of language throughout their day and in a variety of contexts. This strategy promotes speech and language development because a child must understand words and hear them used in context before they will begin to use those words.


How to use it?