Help infants develop language (post 6)

    Through our lectures we have discussed some very useful techniques that are recommended to help infants learn language along with some devices that do not help in the advancement in language development. The time an infant starts to try and communicate with sounds begins at a very young age. As early as two months an infant already starts making vowel like sound. That progresses to babbling sounds at six months and by ten months infants have language specific babbling (lecture). These sounds start laying down the foundation for infants to learn language. During this time there are many things that a caregiver can do to help in their child’s development of language.

    In a video we watched by William Fowler, he pointed out that helping infants learn language can happen when the caregiver plays with their child. By saying the name of the item they are holding or playing with gives the infant a word to pair with it. Also, repeating the name of the object will help the infant remember its name. Fowler based his techniques on helping infants learn on five main language principles. They are interact with the child, relate personally to the child, use a meaningful cognitive strategy, keep the language stimulation focused, and engage the child through play. Each one of his principles were demonstrated in his video and seemed to be affective.

    Some other ways of helping infants learn is by having the caregiver narrate their actions throughout the day. This technique allows the infant to learn more words for the actions that their caregiver is doing. Reading can also add new words to an infants vocabulary. These hands on interactions with helping an infant learn language is much more beneficial to the child and can also bring the caregiver and child closer together.

    Through the marketing industry there have been some non-beneficial learning products put out that claim to help infants learn language, but unfortunatley are just a marketing scheme to get hopeful parent’s money. Their products are the ones that tell parents that by setting them infront of a television their children with develop language. Placing a child infront of a television does not advance their speech, but can make it suffer (lecture). While siting infront of a television babies hear about 770 words less from adults. By placing their child infront of a television the caregivers are just providing a babysitter and are having time taken away from them that they could be using to spend with their child. Therefore, the best way to help infants develop language is by being involved with the child and speaking to them as much as possible.

Post information from lectures: October 27- Novemeber 5

By: Ashley Crawford




~ by crawfordashley on November 11, 2009.

2 Responses to “Help infants develop language (post 6)”

  1. well said, clearly there is no better way then the all natural mother/father way of developing an infants speech. It is very true that the marketers out there are not quite helping the parents who purchase those expensive gizmos and gadgets that supposedly propel the infants language abilities. However, they quite strongly induce these suggestible parents under their whim. They have actually (through much practice and research) mastered the arts of convincing people psychologically to buy their products. They have mastered the art of cool, passion, love, importance, and most importantly NEED, to capture the eye and sell their products. However, beyond that rampage that I could clearly expand upon, well said and I agree with your information.






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