Baby's First Word
Are you eager to hear your baby or toddler talk?
Many important steps lead to that special day. These are some critical pre-linguistic skills and are the foundation for talking. I teach you research-supported speech therapy strategies that strengthen all these areas, help your child talk, and grow their vocabulary in my Raising Little Talkers course.
🔸Joint attention—a triangle of attention where you and your child are both focused on the same thing and your baby is aware that you’re sharing the experience. Optimal time for learning words!
🔸Receptive language—babies must understand words before they can say them
🔸Gestures—communicating non-verbally with gestures occurs before words and is strongly linked to word use
🔸Purposeful vocalizations—babies don’t go from silence to popping out words. They need to be noisy! Babies will purposefully vocalize to get attention or draw your attention somewhere before they use speech sounds purposefully to say words.
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