Encourage Language Development in infants
10:04 | 19/07/2016

When we look at child development, it's important that we look at it with a whole child approach. This means that we look at all areas of development rather than just a specific area of development. Those are physical, cognitive, social emotional and language areas. Physical development and cognitive are the areas which we understood on previous article. Today, Gymboree would like to introduce about language areas:

 

WHAT IS LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT?

The development of communication and language from birth to age three is a critical and amazing process. During this time the brain is preprogrammed to learn language. The process of learning language involves nonverbal communication, processing of sounds into meaningful messages and learning to reproduce those sounds to create spoken language. This complex process goes quite smoothly for most children, and it is critical to provide support and opportunities for the child’s exploration and development of language during this time.

 

 

HOW CAN CAREGIVERS  ENCOURAGE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN INFANTS AND TODDLERS?

  • Talk with young children about what they are experiencing and/or what is in the environment
  • Take turns cooing and babbling with babies
  • Make eye contact with babies – not all communication is verbal
  • Look at books together and talk about the pictures
  • Sing with babies, recite rhymes and share oral stories
  • Listen to children and respond whether they are speaking real words or not.
  • Imitation of the babble they create can be a response.
  • Enjoy genuine conversations with children during regular care routines such as snack, meal time, diaper changing and settling for nap
  • Provide toddlers with choices to encourage them to use words; for example, “Would you like milk or water?

 

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