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Communicating With Your Child

Communicating With Your Child

Babies come into the world pre-wired to learn, communicate, and connect with you. You can see an infant communicating as you try to figure out what she needs based on her sounds (crying, grunting, cooing), expressions (surprise, smiling, grimacing), and body movements (thrashing, kicking with joy when she sees you).

Children, even infants and toddlers, need to be surrounded by language every day. How you communicate with your infant looks very different than how you talk with your two year old or four year old.

In this Guide, you will find easy and practical ways to communicate with your child beginning before birth and continuing all the way through the pre-school years.


Did you know

Research shows that the home learning environment, and in particular the communication environment for babies and toddlers, influences their language attainment and their performance when they start school. This, in turn, is associated with their later educational success. (HAMER, C 2012)