Self-talk and parallel talk are two different ways adults use to communicate with children.
As grandparents chances are you are probably already using them without knowing.
What is Self-Talk?
When you are sharing an activity with your grandchild you may be engaging in self-talk when you are talking through what you are doing.
For example, you might say, “It’s time to take the dog for a walk. Grab your coat and you can join me. Don’t forget to wear your scarf. On the way, remind me to post this letter too.”
What is Parallel Talk?
Parallel talk happens when an adult talks to a child about what the child is doing.
For example, “I can see you’ve got your scarf on tight. You are holding the dog’s leash nice and tight – we don’t want her to run away.”
What advantage do these models have?
Creating an awareness of self-talk and parallel talk, and emulating them in your everyday routines will go a long way to developing your grandchild’s language development.
This is because you are using words, phrases and sentences which connect with lived, shared experiences your grandchild can relate to.
By using self-talk and parallel talk you will be making language development real and important. This is fundamentally important to your grandchild’s life-long literacy development.
Notes for this post came from Education.Com