8 Skills that Children need to practice before they develop first words

8 Skills that Children need to practice before they develop first words

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Are you and your parent friends waiting to hear first words?! Share this with them.

From birth, babies are working on these 8 Pre-verbal skills just from hanging out with us. That's why it's so important that we spend time engaging face to face with babies as often as we can.

Pre-verbal skills are essentially the foundations of language. They scaffold language development, emotional connection AND social skills - so they're not to be sniffed at.

Thankfully - these 8 skills can easily be practiced through everyday interactions and involving your child in routines.
Modelling is key here - if you're modelling smiling - they're more likely to smile. If you're imitating their little gurgles and facial expressions, they're more likely to imitate you. If you're pointing and gesturing often, they're more likely to point and gesture!! We are the magicians here!!

🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️What about turn taking and anticipation??

Your little one is learning about anticipation every time you sing a song and praise before you say the last word, or every time you repeat an action and say "uh oh!". Repetition helps them to guess what is coming next.
Playing together taking turns or even just taking turns babbling or making noises towards each other is fantastic turn taking practice.

Don't underestimate the power you have to support your little one's language foundations, and if your little one HASN'T said their first words yet then work on these 8 skills now!!

You've got this.

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