Language Development: All About Practical Ways For Getting Baby Talking
Why you should take your baby's speech and language development
"What are the main reasons for
encouraging my baby's speech and language development? Is there any real benefit
Those are typical questions parents
often post on this site. And since I'm no speech development expert, I'd much
rather get a knowledgeable person to give you the answers.
So I started searching and found
Margaret. She's an expert in her own right, qualified
midwife and nurse and also the mother of two children, one of whom had
developmental difficulties. She has ages of practical experience in childcare
and worked extensively with physically and mentally handicapped children.
So, back to our question and her
First of all, because it should be the
most natural thing in the world to want your child to succeed and to want to be
able to communicate with them. This isn't about being pushy parents or any one
up man ship.
Children learn what they hear, and if no one speaks to them
how can they respond?
I used to have a baby clinic
in a third world country where infant mortality was high. One afternoon I heard
my visit being announced by the mullah at the mosque over the loud speaker
normally used to call the faithful to prayer.
At first I laughed at my
description 'The woman who talks to babies'. Then I thought about the matter a
little more deeply and asked a few questions. Apparently no one talked to babies
until they were up and walking as only then were the parents fairly certain that
this child would survive. I'm glad to say that during the time I was there no
child died and I continued to talk to even the tiniest new born in the hope that
the message would get through.
You can never start too early encouraging your baby's
I've just been reading an article about
speech development which tells me that this happens in the first few months of
life - yes it does, but its very beginnings are from about 18 weeks after
conception by which time your baby can already hear.
By the time he is born your infant will
already have had 4 ½ months of hearing the sounds of home - his parent's voices
as well as those of the rest of the family and also all the familiar everyday
Those first months are about
making sense of all this - of fitting faces to voices; of learning the
difference between Mom and Dad and then gradually other family members and
Of learning to smile in
response to a smile, and a little later to understand such difficult concepts as
'No' and 'Later'. Babies practice a lot - at only a few weeks old they begin to
coo to themselves and then come long strings of syllables - meaningless at
first, but then when they realize that certain sounds - especially dadada and
mama - cause wild excitement among the larger people they begin to repeat them.
Later they will string two
words together 'Me drink'. And then finally short sentences, before toddlerhood, gradually developing the language skills they need to cope in the
All babies go through the same process, but they don't all go
at the same speed... the same goes for language development!
This often has nothing at all to do with
intelligence levels. That is only one among a number of factors involved. We
often find that an older sibling will speak earlier than a younger one, maybe
because she got all the attention or perhaps because by the time number two came
along the older sister was doing all the speaking for her?
And girls tend to find speech and
language development easier than most boys
But whether or not your child is
naturally a chatterer or prefers to sit and listen eventually they are going to
need to communicate effectively - learning such nuances for instance as when to
take a turn in a conversation.
But how can they do that unless they have
taken part right from an early age? How can they learn to listen unless you
take time to talk to them?
Even as young as two months
you can sit a child on your knee and enjoy a story book. They won't understand
everything of course, but they will listen to every word.
Babies are greedy for more than milk.
They want to be included and they want to learn all they can from the world
around them. They start off to test things by putting them in their mouths...
so, why not try putting
some words in and let them test those too? You will surely also be
encouraging your child's speech and language development.
Shortcuts to your specific language development questions
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them you could be looking at next. But there is a shortcut.
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of time and effort, type what you're looking for in the search box below and
Everyday Activities for Improving Delayed Development
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