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Communication is so much more than sounds and words. Communication development involves all the senses: your baby hears and learns to listen, sees and learns to make eye contact. Listening, shared attention, eye contact, turn taking and play are the foundation to their speech and language development. Even before you hear your toddler’s first words, speech and language development has begun.
Parents instinctively adapt their communication to support their babies’ speech and language development. For example, they use higher pitched, cooing, simplified language called, “Motherese”. Research shows language development is strongly influenced by how much parents talk to their children. Your baby or toddler will begin to understand the words you use before he or she will say them. Speech and language development in the first 18 months happens at lightning speed. Your baby will go from crying to cooing and babbling to first words. This happens naturally but the foundation skills are like the roots of the communication tree.
There are a number of things you can do to nurture early speech and language development:
“Most importantly enjoy this magical time of early communication!”
Amanda is a paediatric speech and language therapist and education consultant, with over 20 years of experience. She is passionate about enhancing children’s communication skills and has specialist experience working with children with complex needs. Alongside her clinical practice Amanda provides training, supervision, clinical based research and service reviews for nurseries, schools and other organisations. From a personal perspective Amanda has four sons, three who have dyslexia and one who has Down syndrome. To find out more or get in touch please visit www.amandagriffiths.uk