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July 19, 2017
Welcome, did you know a child's vocabulary increase from 900 words at age three to 14,000 by age six? Learn how to nurture your child's language development. Also, psychologist Victoria Gibbs explains the ins and outs of behaviour charts.
Supporting language development in early childhood
Almost 90 per cent of a child's brain development occurs before they turn five years old. As part of this development, their ability to understand, process and produce language flourishes in an extraordinary way.

At the age of three, a child has approximately 900 words in their vocabulary. By six, that has exploded to anywhere up to 14,000 words. This rapid development of language has consequences for future outcomes both socially and academically, playing a key role in how the child will grow and thrive.
Behaviour charts
What, why and how?
This article was written by Victoria Gibbs a psychologist with Carers Connection.

Now, this is something I've been meaning to implement in my home with my 3-year-old. As do most 3-year-olds, he tends to do a lot of whinging and a lot of arguing. We would like to see him do as he is asked, without the whinging and arguing (yes please).

A simple and effective way to encourage the behaviour you want, and discourage the behaviour you don't want, is set up a behaviour chart.

These work best for children ages 3-8 years, and provide many benefits, including encouraging desired behaviour, discouraging unwanted behaviour, and allowing your child to practice new skills, which gives them a sense of mastery and accomplishment.
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