ERIC Number: ED443595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
How To Talk to Your Baby: A Guide to Maximizing Your Child's Language and Learning Skills. Creating Communication Skills in Young Children.
Dougherty, Dorothy P.
Noting that parents are ultimately responsible for teaching their infants how to communicate with the world and that many parents lack the information needed to determine if their children are developing speech and language skills as they should, this book shows parents how to enhance their infant's language development using a system that incorporates proven teaching methods. Chapter 1 reviews recent research on language development that supports early language stimulation. Chapter 2 describes normal language development. Chapter 3 outlines general ways parents can create a language-rich environment for their infants. Chapter 4 details common methods used by speech language therapists: naming, describing, comparing, explaining, and giving directions. Chapters 5 through 8 present ways parents can enhance their children's language development in daily interactions at the supermarket, at the playground, in the car, and around the home. Chapter 9 discusses stages of language development, lists tips for enhancing development, and suggests appropriate toys. Chapter 10 differentiates normal and delayed language development and makes recommendations for parents of children developing language skills at a slower pace than their age-related peers. A worksheet for parents and a list of resources are appended. The book concludes with a glossary of speech and language terms. (Contains 42 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Experience, Family Environment, Infant Behavior, Infant Care, Infants, Language Acquisition, Learning Processes, Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Parents as Teachers
Penguin Putnam, Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014; Tel: 212-366-2000 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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