EARLY LANGUAGE SKILLS - What's In a Coo?
At birth, infants use their five senses to understand about the world around them and learn how to communicate. The early years of a child’s life is a critical learning period and most crucial for brain development. Within this period the brain is absorbing information for sharpening mental, physical, social, and language development. Sensory stimuli are essential for developing these skills.
What’s in a Coo?
You may think language skills are learned in school, but actually, it begins at home.
As bright eyes and sensitive ears follow your voice, your baby is learning language. Crying is an initial form of communication, and as weeks go by, those cute little coos and babble lay the foundation for developing language skills.
Baby language fundamentals occur in the first year. According to Dr. Robert Titzer, the rise of new neuro pathways for language acquisition peaks around the 11-month benchmark. This means, it’s the easiest time for babies to learn at a higher level.
It’s imperative that communication and language skills are essential for academic success, lifetime achievements, and personal growth.
Babies are multi-sensory learners. They use their senses simultaneously exploring and developing skills. As an author, I can’t stress enough the importance of reading at birt
h, but after considerable research, Sensory Play is just as crucial for developing language skills.
Communication and language skills go hand in hand, but they are also independent of each other.
Language is a structure of words, signs, and symbols. Language skills consist of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Communication is to effectively and efficiently exchange knowledge, ideas, opinions, and/or values between two or more people.
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