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Mother, father and baby playing together at homeMore Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers, a 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.

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The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK1: The dynamics of family systems including cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors influencing family function and care for all children. 
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK5: The importance of play as context, method and outcome of learning.
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i3: Is familiar with generic and specific evidence-based early intervention strategies to support all areas of development.
    • IFSP-i4: Is familiar with issues related to emergent literacy.
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