We’ve all had the irritating circumstance at some time or another of trying to understand someone talking to us in a foreign tongue. So let’s think about how frustrating it must therefore be for our babies struggling to communicate with us!
Now with children, even as young as in their baby phase, learning and developing is happening at a rapid pace. We don’t realise the -porous sponges’ our kids are in terms of this, always absorbing as much information as they can.
We can’t think for a minute that they are not watching and listening and touching and smelling – their senses are eager to grasp as much as possible! As parents we can give our children’s development a huge boost in so many ways, particularly in the language department from as early as baby stage.
Free him of frustration
Learning how to communicate from so young will diminish unnecessary frustration for your baby and is so easy to teach if you become aware of his needs.
Of course we’re not expecting babies to sit up and have a conversation with us! But communication on their level will also reduce upsetting tantrums and crying and create a safe and chilled emotional space for them. The basic steps involved with using sign language for hearing babies is all that is required. Obviously basic signs should be used at the very early age. These can then be added to as our bundles of joy grow.
To start with remember to allow your baby to set the pace or else emotional damage resulting in stammering or stuttering problems could be likely in later years.
Slow, annunciating speech on your behalf is vital in this process because each word you say is a new word for them. Babies and even children love to see someone pulling faces so go ahead and make animated faces with a wide open mouth and you’ll hold his attention for longer.
The key to his communication
Stick to key words, words that he will need to learn to convey his needs such as touching his mouth when he’s hungry or his eyes when he is tired or if he has hurt his body he could make a rubbing motion.Babies are smarter than we give them credit for and you will no doubt be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your little one learns! Don’t ever try, however, to teach him these communicating signs if he is irritable, tired or distracted by something or someone else.
Slow and clear
When you are teaching him these simple steps, and also when the two of you progress to include more ways to communicate with one another remember to always keep eye contact with him and to speak slowly and clearly.
You can choose your own signs that are applicable to your baby’s individual needs but always keep them consistent and mouth the word (one word at a time) clearly. Repeat these words coupled with the signs as often as you can and when he latches on to one and starts signing it be sure to applaud him with great elation. He’s sure to love this and want to repeat it in order to gain your excited response again!
The more the two of you play this game the quicker he will learn to actually say the words.
Baby understands two languages
Believe it or not but you can teach your child to converse in more than one language at the same time from baby age. Everything is new to babies and so they are incredibly responsive to sound especially when coupled with visual expressions.So when the child’s parents’ home tongues are different there is no need to choose one language over the other when talking to your baby. Both parents should speak to the child from birth in their individual tongues and the baby will quickly learn both. This will prove a great advantage to your child because as he grows he is more likely to mentally interpret words from one to the other.