Young children must learn to understand spoken language in order to develop their use of language. Often young children’s understanding of language is better than their spoken language. As children’s communication skills develop, their vocabulary comprehension develops rapidly and they can understand a wide range of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
Use natural gesture, pictures, videos, and demonstrations to help with understanding, retention and recall of information.
Be prepared to repeat or rephrase messages.
Avoid using ambiguous language and non-literal language e.g. idioms.
Ensure that the child does not have to listen and write at the same time