Why talk?

As adults we talk many times during the day and for a range of purposes. We know how to change our tone and our body language to suit the purpose of the talk that is needed. Children may not yet have the skills to do this so seamlessly.

The purpose for talk is important as it may require a different set of language skills or different body language.

Here are some of the purposes for talk that you could teach your children:

  • To problem solve
  • To challenge
  • To influence
  • To entertain
  • To express yourself
  • To understand and reason
  • To inform
  • To organize and structure ideas
  • To acquire new language
  • To gather and share information
  • To generate ideas and opinions
  • To reach consensus or negotiate
  • To build relationships
  • To analyze and evaluate

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