Birth To First Words

Studies have shown that while children are young they learn language through the back-and-forth interactions with adults. The types of responses that adults provide during these exchanges has a major impact on the way a baby will develop language. – Dr. Marianella Casasola

As soon as babies are born they start learning how to communicate. They learn to use crying, facial expression, body movements and eye gaze to get their message across. Once they become a little older they point, give objects and use sounds to communicate….all before even saying a word! How adults respond to these early communication attempts plays a major role in helping babies and toddlers develop strong language skills.

We know that, as parents, you want to make the most of the time you have with your baby by helping them learn. That’s why Talking Together has developed the Birth To First Words series. These videos are designed to be a quick and easy way for parents to learn about typical language development in baby’s first year with tips to support a growing infant.

Having a major impact does not mean major changes. By making some simple adjustments to the way you already interact with your baby during everyday activities, you can help them develop strong early language skills that will give them the foundation they need to become confident communicators.

The Little Scientist: Cracking the Language Code

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  • Learn what phonological development is and why it matters for babies who are learning to talk
  • Learn how babies “crack the language code” by being active learners each day
  • Learn simple but powerful ways to help your baby “crack the language code” and figure out how to say first words

How Babies Go From Sounds To First Words

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  • Learn what early vocal development is and identify the stage your baby is in
  • Discover the types of changes that occur in your baby’s brain and body during their first year that influences changes in vocal development
  • Learn simple techniques to support your baby’s vocal development, helping them to make more sounds and even words

Getting Babies and Toddlers Talking

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  • Learn about baby and parent communication styles and how they work together in language learning
  • Find out why taking turns matters to a baby’s language development
  • Learn what kinds of things to say to your baby or toddler that support their growing language skills

Reading To Babies and Toddlers

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  • Learn why all parents should read to their babies and toddlers each day and how reading is related to language development
  • Find out what early literacy skills are for infants and toddlers
  • Helpful tips for reading books to even the busiest of babies and what books are best!

What Do You Mean?
Decoding Baby’s Early Communication

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  • Learn what communication is and the stages of early communication development in babies 0-12 months
  • Learn what joint attention is and why it’s a critical skill babies need to establish as they learn to talk
  • How to improve communication with your baby at home no matter how old they are and encourage first words and beyond

Understanding What They Understand:
The Remarkable Vocabularies of Babies

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  • Learn what receptive language is and why it matters to talking and a baby’s first words
  • Find out how babies learn words and how to figure out what your baby might say for their first word
  • Find out simple things you can do at home to support your baby’s growing vocabulary skills

The Power of Play

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  • Learn the stages of play development from birth to 18 months to find out what stage your baby is in.
  • Learn the power play has on language development and how you can support your baby’s growing play skills at home.
  • Discover some great toys for babies 0-18 months to support language learning.

From Birth To First Words: Activities to Support Your Baby’s Language Learning Journey In the First Year Of Life