THINGS FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT
MĀTUA & KAIAKO WORKING ON THE SAME STRATEGIES CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
HAS YOUR TAMAITI HAD THEIR HEARING CHECKED?
Visit your GP or have a korero with your health nurse or kaiako.
Hearing difficulties are not always obvious & sometimes more than one hearing check is needed.
SOME CHILDREN CAN HAVE DIFFICULTIES, AND THIS CAN CAUSE FRUSTRATION
If you find that your tamaiti is having difficulty with language, you will notice this in Te Reo Maori & any other language they may use.
WHEN YOU NOTICE YOUR TAMAITI
Is starting to have difficulties with their communication, or their speech & language development, it can be very worrying, & this is common. However...
INTERVENING EARLY CAN MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE
Is the foundation for learning & development.
Begins from conception & develops throughout a persons life.
Is one of the most important skills a tamaiti will learn.
Varies & develops at different rates.
Every tamaiti is unique.
Research has shown that tamariki who understand & use multiple languages are at an advantage.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Talk about what is happening around your tamaiti.
Be face to face when you are talking with your tamaiti.
Look at books with your tamāiti & talk about the pictures.
Slowly introduce new words to their vocabulary.
Turn off technology.
AGES AND STAGES
The following is a general guide of what to expect at each age – each tamāiti is unique & will develop at their own pace
Two or more words put together
Complex conversations that can be understood by unfamiliar adults all the time
BODY LANGUAGE OR GESTURES
LITERACY, FRIENDSHIPS, TAKING PART IN KARAKIA OR WAIATA
Te hononga ki ōna hoa, ōna whakapapa
CLEAR SPEECH SOUNDS
Te mīta o te reo, ngā hua o te reo
THINK ABOUT YOUR TAMAITI
Is your tamaiti having difficulty joining in with daily activities & talking with others at home & at Kohanga?
Is your tamaiti difficulty understanding instructions or questions?
Is your tamaiti difficulty talking with others?
Is your tamaiti becoming withdrawn or showing difficult behaviours?
IF YOU ANSWER ĀE TO ANY OF THE PĀTAI, YOU CAN TRY THE FOLLOWING:
STRATEGIES FROM INFO PROVIDED IN THIS WEBSITE AND BROCHURE
Or please feel free to reach out to our support team and we will connect you to some of our young Māori professionals working in these areas.
HAVE A KŌRERO WITH SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOUR TAMAITI WELL
This could be kaiako or other whānau members.
Ask if kaiako or other whānau have noticed the same things?
Are kaiako using any strategies?