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That's Just Baby Talk

Did you know that talking to your baby is crucial for development? According to a study done by the University of Florida, talking to your child is important to their communication skills. In the article, they specifically discuss the importance of talking “baby talk” with your child. Starting your child's educational journey as soon as you can will only benefit the communication and connections in their lives.

Engaged Interactions

When changing the tone in your voice, the changed pitch helps your child stay engaged in what you're saying. Talking in lower, flatter tones tends to be boring and difficult for a baby or small child. Avoid the boring, monotoned voice of your college professor. As we tuned it out then, so will your child.

Teaching Word Structure

When speaking to your infant in “baby talk” you will notice that you tend to use a slower, more exaggerated pace when speaking. This makes it easier for your infant to mimic the movements you use to make the word. Overall, with some practice and continued mimicking they will learn the word (maybe, even quicker than their peers!)

Talking with your child also helps them to form connections between feelings and actions. For example, as you are getting your child dressed for the day, walk them through what is happening. Let them know that “We are going to put on your shirt. Let’s pull the shirt over your head. We need to find your left arm hole. Now push your left arm through the sleeve!” and so on. When walking them through everyday routines, it helps them figure out what’s going on, and can better communicate what they need and even communicate the instructions to themselves or you.

Speaking to your child is a crucial part of their development. While, this is by no means a solution to every speech delay it can make a vast improvement in a lot of children who may need to seek speech therapy in the future. Creating that role model for their words is one of the best things you have available.

If you feel your child may be behind or want to check, talk with their pediatrician. See if an academic coach or early learning tutor may be recommended by their doctor, and let us know if our team may be able to help your family.

-Shyanne Kollefrath

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