Practice using gestures with your child as another way to communicate. You can wave your hand and say “hi” or shake your head and say “no” Or you can clap your hands and say “yay” See if they will mimic your actions and sounds. Try going back and forth like a conversation.
See what your child is learning
Many children use gestures before they speak. When you show your child how bodies and words work together, you teach them how to communicate. You also help them make connections between words and actions, an important part of talking, reading, and writing.