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Early Language Development- The commentaries you provide and the “conversations” you engage your infant and toddler in over the course of daily activities offer endless opportunities to foster language development. For babies and toddlers using fun sounds such as animal noises, vehicle noises and exclamations such as “pee yew”, “wee” or “wow” will capture their interest and provide a sound model that is fairly easy to imitate. Highlighting key words and familiar phrases repeatedly in daily routines such as mealtimes, bathing, dressing, play, books, getting in the car, diapering, etc. creates a recognizable pattern that the child listens to, anticipates and begins to associate as meaningful words that accompany a familiar event. As your toddler begins to use their own short phrases you can expand your responses to add new language related to their interests and abilities.

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