Babies & toddlers
Language and Learning
One of the most amazing and important accomplishments of infancy and early childhood is the development of language. Babies start to say their first words around one year of age…and in no time (around age 4), they know more than 1500 words and begin telling stories. Language skills developed during the preschool years serve as a wonderful foundation for learning in school.
Children with solid language skills often become strong readers and writers. When a baby is born with a hearing loss, this process of developing language can be delayed. Such delays can be prevented or reduced through early detection of hearing loss and intervention. Family members can encourage a baby's language, listening and speech during natural daily routines. The following section includes important information about development of communication with your baby, ideas for nurturing language development, and support opportunities for the whole family.
Disclaimer: This website is for general information only and is not intended as a substitute for independent professional advice.