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Mother, father and baby playing together at homeDuring the first few years of their lives, young children are developing communication skills to let the adults in their lives know what they need. These early years are rich with opportunities for caregivers to promote communication and language developing in infants and toddlers. One tool to support caregivers in capitalizing on these opportunities is More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers. This resource from the Frank Porter Graham Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill outlines ten simple ways that parents, teachers, and other caregivers can help build the language skills of the infants and toddlers in their care. These low- and no-tech strategies can be implemented during everyday routines and activities. Some examples include:

  • Talk through or comment on routines (e.g., when washing hands, “We are washing our hands. We are making lots of big bubbles.”).
  • During playtime or mealtimes, introduce new vocabulary by using rare or uncommon words (e.g., “I have a big appetite. I am eating a lot of food today!”).
  • Each time you read a book, draw children’s attention to different words, details, pictures, or actions in the book.

Read more about this resource on the Neighborhood here:

Looking at the tips shared in More Than Baby Talk, did you recognize any you use regularly with the children and families you work with? Were there any that surprised you? Let us know in the comments below!

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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