Your role in kid's language development
As we know, most rapid development in human life takes place in early childhood, during which all children make clearly discernible progress in all six spheres of growth. They are deeply affected by their surroundings, as the brain develops at an amazing rate during the first 3 years. You as parent has the most important role to play in the baby's early development. Your baby communicates with you through looking, making noises, crying and using different facial expressions and body movement. So, more than what you talk to her, the way or how you talk and respond to her efforts to communicate with you, will make a real difference to how she develops and learns. By trying a few simple ideas, you can make significant contribution to your baby's language development.
- Your voice on the baby has a calming effect, and so talk one-on-one to the baby as much as possible.
- When your baby makes sounds, answer her by repeating those sounds and adding new words. This helps her in learning to use language.
- Babies love nursery rhymes and lullabies. Chatting and singing to your baby, using a gentle voice, helps her develop good listening and talking skills. Playing of music will help in developing love for music and also development of brain.
- Using interesting facial expressions and language intonations will help in holding your baby's attention and understanding the finer aspects of language and communication.
- Stroking, cuddling, praising your baby and giving her loving attention causes cognitive or brain development, which intensifies the learning process of memory, language and thinking.
- Learning language is more than making sounds(babble) or saying ma-ma/da-da. Listening, understanding and knowing them by names of people and things are all part of language development. So, when your baby pronounces a word incorrectly, like 'tat' for 'cat', repeat the words properly. While on one hand, this reduces her frustration, it also helps her in picking up correct word and its sound.
- If you ask the question in an open-ended way, which prompts her to give detailed answers, sharing her ideas and feelings, instead of simple 'yes' or 'no', it will help in developing her vocabulary, grammar skills and also pronunciation. This ultimately leads her to have a real conversation, learning more complex sentence structures and develop literary skills.
- The amount of quality speech that you use, will have the strongest influence on your baby's language skills. Spending 'quality time' with her everyday and reduce background noises, like those of TV's/Radio. Give her your undivided attention.
It is to be realized that positive and loving parents enjoy the baby more and babies also develop the bonds of love and trust with not only parents but also with others as part of social and emotional development. Language is the key to your baby’s future academic success and process of language learning begins at birth in fact. The baby is to be shown that reading is activity you enjoy and then reading for her also becomes a fun and finest tool for language development.