1.  Help to "grow" your child's vocabulary.  How?  Read with your child regularly

 

2.  Talk about EVERYTHING that you do.  Parental input is a major determination of a child's vocabulary skill, and more vocabulary leads to improvements in all areas of vocabulary, including word retrieval

 

3.  When you talk about words, help your child to establish the network - the connections between words: talk about a word's opposites: cold and hot, up and down, etc.  If the word is an object,talk about its parts and uses

 

4.  Play "word games" to enrich your child's network - how many words can they think of that start with a particular sound? How many items in a category (e.g., foods, cars, animals) can they think of?  How many words can they use to describe an activity or toy?