FRIDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Bilingual children in poor
families are at increased risk for falling behind in reading and
language skills during the summer holidays, according to the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Parents should provide these children with language-rich
activities over the summer, says the ASHA, which offers the
- Talk to your child in the language you're most comfortable
using, even if it's not the language used at school. For example,
have more conversations with your child about what he or she did
during the day, play board games together, work on a home
- Set aside time every day to read with your child.
- Enroll your child in summer camps and activities (some city- or
YMCA-run camps are more affordable or offer sliding-scale fees for
low-income families). This will help their language skills continue
- If your child enjoys spending time on the computer, direct him
or her to Web sites that have fun, interactive language-based games
that build vocabulary and reinforce topics learned at school.
The ASHA lists activities that encourage
speech and language development.
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