These six things parents should do to stimulate language development in their children are inevitable for their child’s/children’s oral performance in life.
The brain of the baby is constantly soaking and recording the sounds, tones, and language they’ll use to say their first words. So, you are a big influence. You are a molder. You are a trigger. Dear Parents, Please be aware that, children who have parents who talk to them often tend to form stronger language and conversational skills than kids who do not.
1. Sing To Your Child From Babyhood. Why do you think nursery rhymes are so good? What is that tool we can use to bring people together? Hmm! My dear, babies might even recognize your voice and the songs you sang during pregnancy! Scientists revealed that singing to your baby makes them move around less and pay more consistent attention. What they actually respond to is the rhythm and repetition. This is exactly why nursery rhymes are so good! Music is a tool that we can use to bring people together, and this starts in infancy.” Use songs to communicate things such as time to go to bed, time to clean up, etc. Do not forget the lullabies!
2. Respond to Your Baby’s Vocalizations Verbally. Parents love to hear their baby’s first word. From cooing and babbling to making short sounds, and eventually words, phrases, and then sentences. Sounds great! Babies learn to communicate with language. This could be through gestures or body moves. Therefore, parents should understand their baby’s body moves and respond to them immediately.
3.Talk to Your Baby Regularly. Talking to your baby should start even right from conception. Babies who are constantly talked to tend to be outspoken than those who were not.
4. Around Six Months of Age, Use Shared Attention and Sign Language (gestures). Point and name things that they see and relate with. Sign language according to research speeds up speech development, lowers frustration in young children by providing a means to express themselves before they know how to talk, increases the parent-child bonding, and helps babies communicate vital information, such as if they are hurt or hungry.
5. Exaggerate Your Voice When You Describe Things. You may need to be creative in your voice tone at times. Be melodious and rhythmic. Increase your pitch and make your talking enthusing. This creates a wonder as they gaze at you.
6. Use Feeling and Thinking Words: Thinking words are words that relate to how we think about a particular emotion. These words help children to use their own imagination and think in ways that are creative. It encourages them to undergo a thought process. When children practice using thinking words, they gain the skills necessary to understand their emotions and other complicated concepts as they get older. Such words include hope, wish, want, care about, worried that, dream, think, prefer, wonder, expect and know.
On the other hand, Feeling words are words that help us to describe our specific emotions. These words encourage and help children to learn and recognize their own emotions as well as those of others. Having a word to describe what you are feeling inside is very powerful for young children and it can help them feel more like they have some control over that strong emotion. Some feeling words you can use with children are: happy, annoyed, hurtful, puzzled and shocked, etc