LSL Strategies

Beyond the Here and Now means you'll respond to your child's utterances by modeling more adult-like utterances, adding more words to what they say, or sharing new information to build on the topic.

When you do this, you're teaching them new vocabulary words, how to talk in more complex sentences, and how to learn and think about new information.

Here are three easy ways to use this strategy:

  1. Model or demonstrate the complete sentence or question. This will help your child improve how they use sentences and ask questions.
  2. Expand their vocabulary by using different words that mean the same thing.
  3. Stimulate their thinking with comments or stories to provide new information to extend what they're talking about. Connecting the familiar with something less familiar helps your child learn about the world.

What It Looks Like

  • If your baby says "ball" then you expand their utterance and say, "Yes, you have a big ball. Roll the ball." If your child's older and says, "I want that ball," add more words and encourage a longer utterance by saying, "You could say, (pause) I want the big, red ball!" Pause and look expectantly to encourage your child to put more words together. "You want this big, red ball!"
  • Expand your child's vocabulary by using new phrases with a similar meaning. If your baby says "bye-bye," then you can say, "See you later" or "So long!" If your child says, "I see a big bug," then you can say, "Yes, that's an enormous bug – it's a grasshopper, that's an enormous grasshopper. The grasshopper likes to hop!"
  • If you're talking about a tree and climbing, you could extend the topic by sharing a personal experience. "One time when I was little, I climbed a tall tree. I fell out and broke my arm." Talk more with your child about your experience and what it felt like, or connect it to a time when your child had an injury.
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When you use Beyond the Here and Now, you're keeping your expectations high and promoting your child's understanding of language. You're also encouraging their independent thinking skills. All of which are important to become a great conversationalist!


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