Child Directed Speech

Adults speak to children and babies in short, clearly pronounced sentences with high pitched exaggerated intonation. This is a form of communication called, Child Directed Speech and it eases language learning for infants and toddlers. This is pretty much a universal way of getting your baby more emotionally responsive. Studies have shown that by 5 months if the parent is using CDS the infant can respond and discriminate the tone quality. It becomes strongly associated with 6-12 month olds when sensitivity to the phonemic categories of their native language and direction of words is being increased. When the child reaches two years short phrases help facilitate detection of word meanings. Toddlers first words and phrases are usually ones they hear often.  The more the parents use this model of speaking to their toddlers, the better the toddlers language comprehension will be.  This is a great way to get your toddler to be responsive, learning the language, and speaking.

Josh Fagen Post 5




~ by jfagen on November 2, 2009.

3 Responses to “Child Directed Speech”

  1. that is intersting you always wonder why people talk in baby talk? at first you think it just sounds cute, but it is actually funtiional.

  2. It’s funny that people automatically talk to babies like this. I wonder if it would be considered instinct for us to speak in that way to infants because of the benefits it provides?
    Rebekah Pinegar

  3. I agree with the above comments, it is kind of silly we talk to babies this way. I also find myself sometimes talking to my grandparents in this way, and wondered if maybe there was something like Old People Directed Speech ha ha. Thanks for the info though.

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