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Posted in: Blog | March 4, 2021

All babies start life without language. Initially, babies communicate through crying, then through gestures. Whatever their nationality, every baby makes the same early sounds. By approximately 10 months, babies can distinguish speech sounds and babbling.

Language acquisition flourishes from around 15-18 months. It is a critical stage of a child’s overall development, allowing wide-scale communication and expression of feelings. It also supports; problem-solving, thinking, developing and maintaining relationships. Language acquisition is a great basis for learning to read and write.

Talking to your child from day one, not only helps develop and cement, strong familial bonds, but also gives babies an advantage in developing excellent language skills.

Reading, rhyming, singing and playing games, all help in the development of language. Whilst going around the aisles in the supermarket, talk about what you are putting in the trolley, out walking gives the opportunity to talk about your environment. Any opportunity to involve your child in language, is a good opportunity.

If your baby/child seems to fixate on one particular song, toy or story, bear with it! Babble back to them, ask questions of the older children. Occasionally, record their voices and play it back to them. Developing listening skills goes hand-in-hand with the acquisition of language.

Children do enjoy watching TV, DVD and film. However, children cannot interact with TV, DVD and film, and TV, DVT and film don’t respond to them. Some educational programmes can be beneficial, if they are viewed with the support of responsive adults.

If children’s articulation and/or speech patterns appear to require correction, repeat their statements back to them, and praise their efforts.

Finally, enjoy every moment of your babies babbling, and your child’s chattering- before you know it, they’ll be silent, sullen teenagers!

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