The communication skills that babies learn during their first year sets them up for success in developing reading, writing and social skills for later in life. Babies communicate before they say their first words through their cries, coos, facial expressions and body language.
Start communicating with your baby from birth to help them reach important communication milestones. Some tips for encouraging speech and language development include:
• Play with sounds
• Read with your baby
• Describe your actions
• Use a high-pitches, sing-song voice
• Encourage 2-way communication
• Use facial expressions and gestures
To make sure your baby is reaching all their communication milestones visit https://pathways.org/topics-of-development/milestones/ or go to Pathways.org for information about children’s development. All materials including videos are provided at no cost; no fees or charges may be associated with any of the Pathways.org materials without prior written approval.
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