Should I tell my child if he/she makes a mistake when talking?

Correcting your child successfully is all about doing it the right way. Try to avoid saying things like ‘No that’s wrong, it’s…’. Instead, try to give a positive model to develop your child’s confidence and provide an example of the correct way to say it. For example, if your child says ‘Mummy toat’ you could say something like ‘Oh yes, that’s right! It’s mummy’s coat!’.

This sort of positive correction is what is called ‘modeling’ and it is effective because it helps support your child’s confidence in communication as well as giving an example of the right way to say something. Lots of negative correction makes children lack confidence to communicate and in some cases, may even put them off talking altogether.

If your child is making mistakes with their talking that make it difficult for you and other family members to understand them or the mistakes are not disappearing on their own, you should seek advice from a speech & language therapist, your health visitor or your GP.