On January 28th we were featured on Good Morning America! We still can’t believe it really happened!! On the show we highlighted two very important strategies that should be used to help boost your child’s language skills
The first topic we discussed was “Baby Talk” and whether it is good or bad to use this speaking style. Baby Talk (also known as “motherse”, “parentese” or “infant-directed speech”) very beneficial! We highlight this on Instagram and in our Talk On Track course. However, it is important to know that there is a WRONG way and a RIGHT way to use “BABY TALK. The wrong way to use baby talk is when you use made-up words, with incorrect sounds or grammar. It might sound like this: “Awww you want a “wittle” wawa in your “cuppie”. The RIGHT way to use ‘BABY TALK” is when you use high pitched, exaggerated speech containing real words and correct grammar. It sounds like this “you want water in your cup?”
Listen, we know that this does not come naturally to everyone. You don’t have to walk down the aisles of the grocery store sound like a Disney princess.
But RESEARCH SHOWS that talking to your baby in this way can have a positive impact on their language development.
WHY? When you speak to your baby in this manner they become more engaged. and when you have their attention they are more likely learn from you.
The other topic we discussed is “What is the best way to read with a baby to improve language learning? “
We teach parents an alternative way to read with their baby to keep them engaged so they can learn more language! Rather than facing your baby outward…turn them around! Let them face you! This way your baby can watch your mouth as you say words and see your expressions and gestures! You can also see what your baby is interested in and you can use words based on what they are looking at in the book! By facing each other you are making book reading more interactive and research shows that having back and forth interactions improves language.
Also make the book come alive! Be silly! Have fun! Pretend play with the book! If there is a glass of water in the book…drink it! If there is food in the book EAT IT! And you don’t have to read all the words when you baby is little! Just highlight a few key words!
We teach this in more depth in our online course Talk On Track!