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Language Development: The Nature Vs. Nurture Debate
Techniques for Language Development
The Learning Theory
The Nativist Theory
The Interactionist Theory
Genie and Victor
Techniques for Language Development
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Some techniques to develop language are:  (1) Playing nonverbal games such as peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.  (2) Using simplified speech such as “drink?” instead of “Do you want a drink of milk?” and (3) Expansion and recasting.  Expansion is when the adult fills the rest of the sentence in for the child.  Example:  Child says, “Fell”, the parent might say, “You fell down on the ground.”  Recasting is when the caregiver has the child expand the sentence himself by asking a question or making a statement.  Example:  Child says, “Fell”, the parent might say, “Where did you fall?” to have the child answer in more complete sentences