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Castle Hills Child Care: How to Facilitate Healthy Language Development in Your Infant

Posted on 02-06-2015

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The acquisition of language plays a major role in your child’s overall cognitive development. While most infants under the age of one are not able to speak yet, there are a number of effective techniques that you can employ in order to develop language skills in your baby. The infant care team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Castle Hills in Carrollton, Texas, explores a few of these techniques.

Communicate with your infant

Most infants will begin producing a number of simple sounds by the time they are six months old. These can include gurgling sounds, giggling and some sounds that your infant hears and tries to imitate. Infant care professionals encourage you to repeat these sounds back to your infant but more clearly. Another way to communicate with your child is to simply narrate the day’s happenings to your infant.

Reading

It is never too early to start reading to your infant. Head down to your local bookstore and find a couple of visually appealing cardboard books. Cardboard books are best for babies because they are durable. Read to your infant every day and, as he or she gets older, find more age appropriate books and help your baby follow along with the pictures. Reading will develop a love of books in your child as well as set the stage for successful language acquisition.

Link movements and actions to words and sentences

This is an outstanding technique for developing language in infants. You can narrate the action while carrying it out. For example, as you pick up a few of your baby’s toys, you can speak and show the action to your infant. By doing this, you will help your infant connect words to action, making the connection as you repeat this process. Repetition is key for language acquisition.

Contact the child care professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Castle Hills today to find out more about our cutting-edge learning programs. 

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