Early language in infants

 

~Katie Lilla and Julia Seraphina~

 

My Katie…and Julia..in the adorable picture above. Katie was lucky enough to spend Friday night with Julia…her incredible mama and my very dear friend…Catherine…and Julia’s amazing Daddy….Kris.

Katie had such a wonderful time…and she and Julia really enjoyed each other’s company.  Funny…Catherine…a friend who is family to us all…..took care of my four children for just about five years….she potty trained Katie and Gregory…took them to preschool…helped them with homework…organized school supplies…cleaned their rooms…organized closets…dresser drawers…made lunches…made dinner…drove to religion..baseball..baton…oh boy…..do I miss those days Catherine!

Anyway…last night we were able to spend time with Catherine, Kris and Julia…and it always amazes me when you begin to hear the early language in infants…the vocalizations they make to indicate that they want you to continue talking to them…or the vocalizations they make to get your attention.  Speech and language begins with your little one when she is first born….as you talk to her…and make those silly baby like sounds to her…she is beginning to understand the early stages of communication.  As she starts to coo in response to your vocalizations she is beginning to understand the back and forth in language….the reciprocity of language….and then her coo will turn into a babble..as you start to hear consonants sounds (b, p, m, d) when she communicate to you.

So early language development starts at a very young age…talking to your infant right from birth is very important for speech production…and once she starts to coo and make sounds…be sure to respond with a vocalizations right back to her…..and also be sure to then pause…and give her an opportunity to vocalize back to you.

Funny…Julia was making so many sounds last night….at one point she was sitting on Kris’ lap….with her favorite monkey stuffed animal in front of her on the kitchen table…..she was looking at it…and to me it sounded as if the monkey was one of those talking stuffed animals…because I could not imagine what I was hearing…actually was coming from Julia…she was so vocal..and babbling…cooing…and making so many sounds..that it did not seem possible that what I was hearing was coming from a five and a half month old!  But is was in fact Julia…not the monkey…I think named Jungle…

So remember…start talking to your little one right after birth…when she starts to coo…coo back to her…when she is babbling…talk right back to her….change your pitch and inflection..putting a little melody to what you’re saying….music is on the right side of the brain and language is on the left…when you tap into both areas of the brain…you are giving your little one additional input to help with language development.

A special thank you to Julia…Kris and Catherine for spending Friday and Saturday with my Katie…and for loving her like your own.  We love you guys!

~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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