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Ways to encourage “early communication” development in kids

by Vaibhav Wardhan 22 Jun 2021

Effective communication leads to understanding. It can be in any form from one person to another. While effective communication in adults is easy, communicating with babies can be at times challenging.

Even if a baby can’t express in words, they are still trying to communicate with you through their cries, facial expressions, and body language! Babies won’t say their first few fords until they are about one year old. 

Early language and communication skills are crucial for children's wellbeing in school and beyond. Language and communication skills incorporate the capacity to understand others (i.e., receptive language) and express oneself (i.e., expressive language) using words, gestures, or expressions. Children who foster strong language and communication skills are bound to show up at school prepared to learn. 

During the first years of life, children's brains grow rapidly and establish the framework for learning. The interactions that children have with adults impact how they learn and create. As a result, this can support children's growth and development, especially their language and communication skills.

At the point when adults read to children by asking complex questions, their expressive language develops faster than when adults read in less intuitive ways. They learn more vocabulary when teachers include them in discussions about books. The more discussions children and teachers have about the reasons for actions or events in a story, the higher children's vocabulary scores.

Below mentioned are some ways to inculcate early communication

  • Respond to your baby's gestures, looks and sounds: The immediate responses to the child's gestures, looks and sounds disclose to him that his communications are significant and successful. This will encourage him to keep on fostering these skills.
  • Respect and perceive your child's feelings: Children are undeniably bound to share their ideas and feelings on the off chance that they realize they will not be judged, teased, or criticized. You can empathize with a child's experience, yet disagree with his conduct.
  • Help your child create a "feelings" vocabulary: Sometimes parents are worried about the possibility that discussing an intense inclination will escalate it; however ordinarily the opposite happens. When children feel that their feelings and experiences are respected, they are frequently ready to proceed onward more easily.
  • Reading: Encourage your older baby to turn the pages and to highlight what he/she sees. Ask your older toddler how the characters may be feeling and marvel together what will occur straight away. Allow your child to choose the books. The more interest the child has in the book, the more mindful and agreeable your time together will be. What's more, reading with your child teaches more than literacy and language skills. He/She is discovering that you esteem his interests and choices, and that you love him and appreciate being close to him. Studies show that deep rooted readers are those who, as children, simply discovered reading a pleasurable experience.
  • Encourage pretend play: Children frequently express themselves all the more unreservedly when they're pretending. It might feel safer to discuss how a teddy bear fears the dim, than how the child is. Pretend play is also an opportunity to take on various roles and to carry on what various individuals may say, think or do. This develops language as well as social skills like empathy.
  • Be a good role model: Your child is watching you cautiously. On the off chance that you converse with others with kindness and respect, your child will probably take cues from you and take on your manner and tone and become more verbal. Furthermore, when you anticipate this sort of respectful communication from others, you are modeling how he/ she should hope to be treated by others as well.

Out of all the ways, reading books to children is perhaps the most effective way to give children opportunities to foster their language skills. Books frequently contain words that children may not generally hear in ordinary conversations, alongside pictures that help illustrate their meanings. Adults can use books to start discussions with children about the stories and pictures presented and interface the stories and pictures to children's lives. 

The opportunities for helping children with fostering their language skills with books are greatest when adults assist children with getting engaged by encouraging children's participation in the story, expanding on children's responses, and giving feedback. By interacting with children thesely, adults allow children an opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills that foster language development.

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