Small Talk: how to develop
your child's language skills
from birth to age four
Nicola Lathey & Tracey Blake
The Experiment,  ©2013
Babbling Day – October 21
Babbling back to babies helps them to speak faster: Researchers prove that attentive mothers aid child development
Mothers who interact with their babies speed up their language skills
Parents who do not respond to their child's gurgling inhibit development
US researchers studied 12 mothers and their babies over a six month period
Daily Mail: 8.28.2014 by Jenny Hope
It may just sound like baby talk, but mothers who hold a ‘conversation’ with their infants are actually teaching them to speak more quickly.
Researchers found new mothers who respond enthusiastically to their baby’s babbling are helping to speed up the child’s language development
They say parental feedback is a vital process that enables mothers and babies to become mutually engaged in ‘talking’.
It enhances the ability of children to communicate – unlike cases where mums did not respond attentively.
A new study, by US academics at the University of Iowa (UI) and Indiana University, serves as evidence that speaking to infants at a very early age is vital for their development.
The authors say parents who babble back at their newborns – even if they don’t understand what they’re trying to say – are a key part of the process. READ MORE !