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Look and Listen – It is essential to observe and listen to your child’s communication. Body language, eye gaze, tone of voice and natural gestures often carry the bulk of the message in children who are just beginning to talk. Being aware of this communication, interpreting the message, and letting your child know that they have been understood or making efforts to clarify the message helps to encourage future communicative attempts as well as provide feedback that will help to develop spoken language. As your child’s vocabulary grows and verbal communication increases, listening allows you to learn more about what they know, and in turn guide your conversations to include new vocabulary that will expand their knowledge.

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