We define diction as the use we make of words to form sentences, both orally and in writing, that is, the way a person expresses himself.
There are children who have certain diction problems, it is difficult for them to pronounce some words. But what exercises can we do to improve this aspect? In Guiainfantil.com we will tell you.
- Breathing: It is important to acquire an adequate diaphragmatic breathing pattern. In this way, the child will learn to dose his air based on what we want to say at all times.
- Reading tongue twisters: In this way, the child will gain articulatory agility, which will improve the intelligibility of his speech.
- Poetry reading: Reading poetry or theater helps the child to vocalize, modulate his voice and clearly articulate the different phonemes.
- Out loud reading: It is very important to work on diction, and it will help the child to exercise it.
- Over-articulated reading: It is a technique that allows the child to acquire a good pronunciation of each phoneme.
- Pencil exercise: Put a pencil or depressor between your child's teeth and ask him to read aloud. This way, your tongue and facial muscles have to work harder to get better diction. It can also be done by improvising a conversation.
- Body language: Non-verbal language is just as important as verbal language in conveying a message. Therefore, despite working on oral language, it is important never to forget this aspect.
These are some of the examples of exercises that can be performed. We must always approach it in a playful way, and encourage the child by reinforcing his progress. In case you need help, don't hesitate to contact your speech therapist!
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