Chil­dren who talk early

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - CATHER­INE CAMP­BELL

Around 18 months old is a very ex­cit­ing time for our ba­bies as they will be start­ing to talk.

Ba­bies can say around 20 words which are usu­ally things they hear a lot at home such as milk, doggy, bye­bye, or the very pow­er­ful word: no. Ba­bies at this age can un­der­stand short phrases and the mean­ing of many com­mon ev­ery­day words such shoes, drink, buggy, coat on etc.

It’s lovely to write down the first words ba­bies say – this is an ex­cit­ing mile­stone and fun to look back on as our chil­dren get older. Ba­bies learn lan­guage and words through play­ing, in­ter­act­ing and rep­e­ti­tion so any­thing that en­cour­ages this is great. Sim­ple ac­tiv­i­ties like say­ing ‘‘ready, steady go’’ with balls or bub­bles and ‘‘all fall down’’ with blocks are oldies but good­ies.

Ba­bies never seem to tire of these! Early lan­guage devel­op­ment is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness and con­nec­tion is the key.

Cather­ine Camp­bell is a spe­cial­ist speech lan­guage ther­a­pist with the Nel­son Tas­man Kin­der­garten As­so­ci­a­tion.

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