Have a baby and you’re wondering what is the best item to give them that will help their speech and language skills grow? It’s you. As the parent/aunt/uncle/grandparent/caregiver/friend in a baby’s life, you are
instrumental in their development. I cannot emphasize this enough. When you hold them and look into their face, while talking to them using slow, exaggerated speech, you are stimulating the language section of their brain. As you play “peek a boo,” you are giving them
a social experience. As you read to them, you are helping them learn about
their world. Take the baby out of the car seat when you arrive places (even if
you’re only going to be a few minutes). Talk. Interact. Hold. Point to the
items around you. It’s in those quick interactions when you are giving the
child in your life a moment that will enhance their development. You are a more
powerful source of speech and language development than you will ever know.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist