Having a child is one of the most amazing experience in life. Watching your child grow and thrive and learn will give you a whole new perspective on the world, particularly as you watch your child become a little communicator right before your eyes. Can you believe that your baby started the ground work for her speech and language development in the womb? Research shows that babies begin to making sucking motions at around 16 weeks gestation (developing those oral motor skills for eating and later for talking) and should be able to hear at around 18-20 weeks gestation-starting to actually respond to sounds outside the womb (like your voice) around 25 weeks gestation. So you better start watching what you say early 😉
Amazingly, the second your baby is born, she begins communicating to you! Think about it: the first thing most babies do right after birth is cry. This is your baby beginning to communicate to you.
It’s too bright!
What the heck just happened!?
Then the nurses place this beautiful little person in your arms and she stares into your eyes. You speak to her and she listens. She listens and knows your voice already! She uses her eyes to study your face (remember that babies can only see about 8 inches in front of their face when born-the distance between the crook of your arm and your face) and soon she will use those same eyes to communicate to you.
So how does your child develop her speech, language and communication skills from birth until they head off to kindergarten? And how can you nurture those skills along the way?
Welcome to my new series on speech and language development in the first 5 years of life. In this series I cover basic developmental milestones that you should expect along the journey your child takes from his first breath to his first day of kindergarten. In addition, I will soon be starting new posts where I will be expanding on the Strategies To Help Your Child Talk that I have posted about in the past, including more tips on setting up the environment for communication. I recently just did a HUGE overhaul in my OWN home that I am excited to share with you all!
Are you ready? Here are each segment of my Speech and Language Development Series. Feel free to leave comments or questions and I will be sure to respond!