Responding Positively Encourages Early Communication

Responding Positively Encourages Early Communication

Photo credit: Chrysty Clarkson Photography Positive responses to your little one’s communication encourages more communication. You can help your child feel proud and happy when they initiate communication with you in whatever way they are able to. Here are some ideas: Model language for baby by talking to her and ask her questions about what she is experiencing. Listening when baby is initiating communication is also very important. When baby is done verbalizing or communicating in whatever way she is able to (smiles, coos, babbling, gestures), follow with positive feedback to celebrate communication attempts. Label the word/phrase/emotion you think she…

Having Conversations With Baby to Support Language Development

Having Conversations With Baby to Support Language Development

Encouraging your baby to communicate with you helps them learn about conversation. Baby loves listening to you talk and will start to communicate with you long before they can talk themselves (by crying, smiling, cooing, babbling, etc.). Here are some tips for supporting baby’s language with conversation: • Get down to baby’s level and look at his eyes to show him that you are ready to listen and communicate. This lets him know that you are interested in what he wants to communicate. • Tune into and respond positively to your baby’s verbal signals (coos, cries, babbling) and nonverbal signals…

Bonding With Your Baby Supports Communication Development

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Photo credit: Melanie Elise Early bonding with baby is an important building block for later development. Meaningful interactions create a solid and trusting relationship between parent and child, which helps your baby feel secure. This feeling of security provides a springboard for healthy brain development by allowing baby to feel safe to explore his environment and learn new things. Here are some ideas to encourage bonding that support early language development: Interact with baby in a loving way! Snuggle, hug, and kiss baby and label these actions with words. Sing baby songs (lullabies, made up songs, songs you like, anything…