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Dec 31, 2019

Your child will start to recognize that you respond differently to a certain sound they make. If a sound is effective in getting something they need, they will tend to use that sound more often in that situation.

Today’s activity: Respond to your child’s sounds as if they have meaning. Model a word for the meaning...

Dec 30, 2019

Get the handout: 16 gestures that help your child learn to talk.

Meaningful gestures develop before speech. This is the first type of intentional communication your child uses. Using gestures helps your child learn they can share an idea with another person.

Your child needs lots of examples of words they could use in...

Dec 29, 2019

Get the handout: 16 gestures that help your child learn to talk.

Your child will start to use gestures to express a meaning. This is a major step in using intentional communication. Your child learns to use meaningful gestures by seeing your examples during interactions with you.

Your child will learn to express they...

Dec 28, 2019

Your child can learn to expect that something will repeat when you use the word “more.” Use it during an interactive game to show that something happens after that word.

Also be observant of your child’s actions when you pause. You can start to shape a movement into a consistent gesture that shows they want more.

Dec 27, 2019

Your child will learn to understand new words and concepts through their experiences with people, objects and activities. When you use one or two words to narrate the experience, you help them focus on the most important detail.

Today’s activity: Help your child learn characteristics of objects or activities you’re...