Four Tips on Word Retrieval
By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D. University of Maryland
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?