Monday, July 16, 2018

Child Trends Video: Babies May Understand Words Before They Can Talk

I hardly talk on a more personal level here, but it has been a truly fascinating experience witnessing my infant daughter (now almost 7 months) change and grow particularly in terms of language development. We have been talking a great deal to her (giving a "play-by-play" of what is happening), reading to her (Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear? and Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon have been longtime favorites), singing to her, etc... and while I know she is absorbing everything before she can actually express what she knows, I'm always curious about what she understands.

A newly released video from Child Trends explains how babies may understand words before they can talk. The video is available in English and Spanish. 

How do we support parents in exposing their child to language within their existing routines and activities? 

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