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Language Strategies: Re-modelling


Language difficulties are nobody’s fault, but changing the way you talk can really help your child

How do I use this strategy?

Repeat back to your child the word, phrase or sentence they have said, correcting any mistakes.

a child saying quack quack and their parent saying 'yes, duck'

This strategy allows you to acknowledge what your child has said, but then let them hear the correct version.

It helps you to give praise and reinforcement, rather than negative correction

This can help children with words they have said incorrectly. For example: “tat” instead of “cat”

It can also help with mistakes with sentence structure for example: “I wented to the park” instead of “I went to the park”


  • Child says “tat” – you say “yes, cat”
  • Child says “mouses” – you say “yes, mice”
  • Child says “miaou” – you say “yes, a cat”
  • Child says “daddy work gone” – you say “yes, daddy gone to work”

Why use this strategy?

  • This is a positive way of giving your child the correct model without highlighting their mistake – this builds their confidence and self‑esteem.
  • This also gives your child the correct model without using lots of extra words.
  • It helps reinforce the correct model to help them learn it.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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