How to talk to your baby

 

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Even when you baby is first born…..as seen below….the picture of my beautiful niece, Gianna……you can begin to enhance expressive language development.  When your infant is awake…alert and responsive….talk to her.  Be sure to use a sing-song voice….changing yor pitch and intonation when talking to your little one. 

Language is on the left side of the brain and music is on the right.  When we tap into the music and language areas of the brain simultaneously…we are stimulating more than one area of her brain…which in return helps her with language development.  Now….when your little one starts to coo…..coo back to her….pause and wait to see/hear her response. 

At a very early age your little one is learning to communicate.  When you coo….and then pause..when she coos back to you….she is saying “Mama….talk to me some more”.  Smiling…..making eye contact….turning her head to hear your voice…..responding to your vocalizations with a smile or a coo is her way of communicating to you.  Early language in infants is observed through her ability to coo, respond to your vocalizations with sounds and body movements, a smile, eye contact and turning her head to find her mama when she hears your voice. 

Hope this was helpful!

Have fun with your little one or big one!

Kim

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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One Response to How to talk to your baby

  1. Jen says:

    thanks for the sweet comment about gianna 🙂

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