Broadcasting

broadcasting

If you have ever watched a sport and listened to a broadcaster give the play-by-play, you would have heard the announcer telling everyone what he saw. When using the broadcasting strategy, you are simply talking about what you are doing or about what your child is doing.  This strategy will give you lots of opportunities to model language.

I liked to use this strategy with my infant daughter. When my little one watched what I was doing, I was a broadcaster. I would describe what she was seeing. It is important to broadcast at a level that is easier for your child to understand and imitate. For instance, when I was broadcasting to my young daughter I would often use single words or short phrases. Think of what it would be like if you were hearing an unknown language broadcast to you in full sentences. It would be much easier to figure out what words meant and imitate them if you were hearing single words.

Here is an example of using the broadcasting strategy with my little one while she was watching me do the dishes from her high chair:
“Spoon. Spoon in. More spoons. Plate. Plate dirty. Wash plate. Plate.”

When my child was playing with her toys, broadcasting what she was doing would sound something like this:
“Book. Book. Play book. Ball. Ball fall down. Ball up. Ball gone. Ball.”

This strategy can be used with children at varying levels of language development. Your broadcasting just needs to be matched so it is just above your child’s level. It is also important to provide pauses to give your child a chance to communicate if he/she chooses. This strategy can even be used with an older child to help them learn new vocabulary.