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PSA on Identifying Signs of Communication Disorders - English

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A baby's brain grows super fast.  Research shows the number of loving words a baby hears on the first three years of life makes a BIG difference."


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Parents should use the "three t's" when engaging with their young children.  Tune in, talk more and take turns.  Tune in by paying attention to what your child is communicating to you.  This includes responding to babies' coos and cries with spoken language.  Get down on your child's level.  Maintain comfortable eye contact.  Show your child you are interested in what they are saying.  Talking more with your child using descriptive words to build their vocabulary.  Narrate your child's day.  "It's time to go grocery shopping.  Let's find our shoes.  Your shoes are pink!  My shoes are black."  And, so on.  Take turns by encouraging your child to respond to your words and actions.  Ask open-ended questions instead of questions that have a yes or no answer.   

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One of the best ways that parents and caregivers can help children develop their oral language skills is through shared conversations with them.  Shared storybook reading provides an especially good way and time for conversations with children.  Talking and explaining about the story provides the basis for building children's understanding of the meaning of a large number of words, which is so important in their ability to comprehend what they read.

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Did you know one of the most important ways to help children be prepared for school is simply to talk with them frequently?  The more words a child hears, the more prepared they are when they enter school.  By the third grade, children who hear more words tend to have bigger vocabularies, be stronger readers and perform better on tests.  Early childhood is a critical time in children's brain development; over 85 percent of our physical brain growth occurs in the first three years of life.  The great news is that this important way to support your child's brain development is completely free and can be done at any time and in any place.  

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Here are some fun ways to talk math with your young child.  Talk about size, distance and shapes.  This helps children learn important concepts about measurement, space and shapes.  Being mindful of these concepts will help you talk to your child in ways that are intentional but still simple.  When you are loading groceries into the car, "This bag is heavy!  Can you hold it and feel how heavy it is?  As you're walking outside, "Wow, that is a big leaf! Can you find a smaller leaf?"  To talk about concepts like distance, "We have a long walk to the park, don't we?  Is the walk to the mailbox long or short?"  Begin pointing out shapes wherever you go, and your child will begin to do the same.  "The tires on our car are a circle.  Do you see something that's a circle?"  To use math language throughout your day you don't have to set aside extra time or buy fancy educational toys.  Just talk about the things you see, touch and do to build a valuable foundation for math. 

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Peekaboo Box:  Everyday items make great toys.  Give your young child (ages 1-2) an empty tissue box and a spoon. Let them see you put the spoon in the box.  Do they watch?  Shake the box.  Reach in and take the spoon out.  Giggle.  Now, it's their turn.  Give them the spoon.  What do they do?  It's a simple game, yet your child is exploring a big idea:  objects and people still exist even when they are out of sight.  Although it will take until they're around two to really learn this, the practice is fun.  Play this game often.  For older children (age 4-5), when you're doing laundry, have your child help you match the socks.  Ask them to help you match them by size.  Then, change the rules and ask them to match by color.  Have a back and forth conversation about what you are doing.  Grouping objects into categories helps your child understand the world around them.  When you ask them to change the rules of a game (from colors to size), you're helping them think flexibly and not go on autopilot.   

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Researchers found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learned almost 300 more words by the age of two than toddlers whose mothers rarely spoke to them.  That is why talking, singing and reading are so important.  Here are tips on everyday ways to interact with your young child.  Talk as you go about your daily routine - as you change her diaper, give him a bath, ride in the car or cuddle up for feeding time.  Sing from nursery rhyme songs or to your favorite tune on the radio.  Singing helps stimulate the brain.  Remember, your voice is your baby's favorite sound!  Don't worry that your baby doesn't comprehend what you're saying or singing - it's all about exposure to language.  Eventually, your baby will begin to make connections and understand that words have meaning.

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Words All Around:  Your child learns from what you say and do, so read everything you can out loud.  Read signs outside, recipes or ads in a magazine.  Be sure to point! Do they imitate any of your words or sounds?  Do they point, too?  Go back and forth with them, pointing and reading out loud.  By introducing your child to different types of things to read, you help them make the earliest connections between written words and what they stand for.  This kind of back and forth conversation, even before they have words, is building their communication skills.  

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