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Strategies to help encourage children’s language development.

Learning to talk is an exciting time in your child’s development, but it doesn’t necessarily happen smoothly without a little help. Lauren Beecroft Literacy Project Officer for Good Beginnings, a families charity, explains some tactics to help your child become the great communicator they’re born to be.

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Baby speech development

Learning to talk is an exciting time in your child’s development, but it doesn’t necessarily happen smoothly without a little help. Lauren Beecroft Literacy Project Officer for Good Beginnings, a families charity, explains some tactics to help your child become the great communicator they’re born to be.

It is such an exciting time when your infant begins to learn to talk. It all begins with unrecognisable sounds and you’re quickly jumping up and down certain you heard the word Mum or Dad come out of your baby’s mouth. As children grow past this stage often parents start to worry about how their child is comparing to other children in their language development.

Without encouragement children’s language development can be delayed leading to other difficulties in expressing themselves and interacting with the world around them. Encouragement and support from parents and carers can help your child toward developing and improving their language skills.

From a very early age infants can recognise and are comforted by their parent’s voices.  Infants develop at different rates. Children can vary greatly in when they acquire new skills and abilities. However talking promotes thinking and language development, so children who hear a lot of sounds and words as they grow, develop stronger vocabularies. If you are concerned about your child's language development do not hesitate to discuss this with your child's health nurse.

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It is all a process and by helping your child to tackle these challenges with encouragement, support, gentleness and affection they will develop. If you have any concerns about your child’s language development, your GP or Early Childhood Nurse can help.