Keep talking to your kids so they can learn
A CHILD’S language development in their early years influences their ability to communicate and relate with the world around them. In turn it can impact their prospects both in terms of social and career development.
While people often speak about the first year as important, it’s also true that vital learning continues throughout the early years.
Many parents do worry about whether their infant, toddler or pre-schooler is developing their language skills at the same pace as their peers.
Talk with your baby, not at them
The key is to talk together with your children frequently and naturally, even when they’re a baby. Treat their sounds and babbles like a response to what you’ve said.
Your child will understand a lot more than they can say for the first three years of their life, but the very foundations of language occur in the first 12 months.
Try to introduce new words from an early age and talk about what’s around them so they can see how the word is used.
First words and sentences
In the first 12 months your child will progress from babbles to what is known as jargon phrases. These phrases sound conversational in tone, but are a string of unintelligible sounds.
At somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age your child will generally start saying their first words. They’ll then keep adding to their vocabulary. If they’re not saying words by 18 months, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP or a WBHHS child health nurse.
It’s important you keep talking with your children so they can widen their vocabulary. As they approach the age of two they should be stringing two or more words together in short “sentences”.