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Mar 22

Learning to Communicate 1

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 11:24 AM by Christina Stuck

A book I highly recommend to read is written by Ellen Galinsky and is titled Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (it is available from Denison Public Library). Galinsky discusses skills every child needs to develop to his or her full potiental. One of these life skills is communication. 

Language development, and thus communication, starts from birth. Many people assume communication begins when babies gurgle, but this thought is not accurate. Babies learn about words and ultimately about communication by interaction.  

By simply facing your baby and talking, particularly slowly, your baby reads your facial expressions and notices how your mouth forms to produce certain sounds. It's quite amazing! 

Tone of voice really helps to get your point across. For those of us with older children, we often utilize our tone to help emphasis our emotion or emergency in what we say. But, babies can pick up on this emotional cue! Before they can decipher the sounds, they can notice the tone and feel, so to speak, the emotion. By using our tone of voice, we can help regulate our child's emotions.
 
So, face your baby and talk, or face him or her and sing songs or say rhymes.

Next week, I'll share more on older children and developing their communication skills.