1. Comment and Wait

Modeling language by making comments that reflect the child's focus of interest is a universally
recommended practice in language facilitation models. (e.g., Fey, 1986)

Describing pictures in books or what the child is doing during play, then pausing to allow time for a response is an effective way to elicit language.

Children need time to think and code their thoughts into language, so it is important for adults to give children at least 5 seconds to respond after they ask a question. A longer wait time also lets the child know the adult is interested in what the child has to say.

This segment will show you how commenting and waiting can help your child learn to talk!

Now that you know about making comments while reading with your child, here are some additional examples of what you can do while reading.

Go to the next page to begin learning the second thing a parent can do: Asking Questions.