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Speech Strategy: Core Word of the Week – Help

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How to Model “Help”

  • “Help” is one of the core vocabulary words we can teach our children across various contexts and settings!
  • Whenever our children need help matching animal puzzles, or with a toy, they may look to us for help. In that moment, use the gesture for “help” while saying “help” at the same time. This provides them with a gestural and verbal model for “help”.
  • For example, if they need help with opening or taking out the Play-Doh, you can gesture for “help” and say “help” while you take out the Play-Doh.
  • As soon as they attempt to gesture for “help” or make a sound, give it to them right away and praise them for using their words or gestures.