Read a book together that involves using multisyllabic words and rhymes, such as a Dr. Seuss book.
Observe whether other children understand the child. Discuss the story, the pictures and the rhymes in the book. See if the child can create a word to rhyme with a word in the book.
The child makes rhymes even if they are not real words.
Encourage parents to read a variety of books, including rhyming books and books with longer words in them. After reading the book several times, the child can “read” it to the adult with some assistance. A librarian can help parents find books that have the sounds the child has difficulty mastering. Books enable the child to practice in a nonthreatening way.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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