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Research has shown that children's development of language is crucial to their ability to learn and think, and can have a significant impact on their overall educational experience. In addition, it is vital if they are to understand other people and express their own thoughts and feelings, which in turn play roles in their development of good relationships and positive self-esteem. Luckily, all children learn to talk. It's something that comes naturally, right? Not always. Some children talk late. Some children ...
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Overview

Research has shown that children's development of language is crucial to their ability to learn and think, and can have a significant impact on their overall educational experience. In addition, it is vital if they are to understand other people and express their own thoughts and feelings, which in turn play roles in their development of good relationships and positive self-esteem. Luckily, all children learn to talk. It's something that comes naturally, right? Not always. Some children talk late. Some children need speech therapy. And all children can use help from their parents.

But your life is busy. You have a young child -- a child who needs to be bathed, dressed, fed, and nurtured. And when you're not caring for your little one, there's your housework, shopping, cooking, and laundry. Perhaps there's a job, too -- and the resulting runs to the sitter and daycare. And you're also supposed to teach your baby to talk?

Welcome to Dorothy Dougherty's life. And guess what? She taught her babies to talk! A practicing speech/language specialist, she's still teaching babies to talk. And now she wants to teach you how to teach your baby to talk -- without disrupting your busy life. What tools will you need? Just your daily routine -- your errands about town, your trips to the supermarket, and your chores around the house. No flashcards, no special equipment, no time squeezed out of an already overburdened schedule.

In How to Talk to Your Baby, Dorothy Dougherty will show you how to enhance your baby's language development using a system that incorporates the five proven teaching methods of naming, describing, comparing, explaining, and giving directions. Instead of cursing your to-do's for taking you away from your child, you can turn them into special times of sharing. How to Talk to Your Baby will help you turn the supermarket into a super classroom, will make the playground a learning ground -- and will give your child a gift that will prove invaluable throughout life.

"A seasoned speech pathologist shows parents how to enhance their children's lives by talking to them."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780399527319
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Preface xi
A Word About Gender xv
1. Language and Communication 1
2. How Babies Learn to Talk 7
3. Creating a Language-Rich Environment 15
4. The Five Methods of Language Learning 27
5. At the Supermarket 43
6. At the Playground 49
7. In the Car 55
8. Around the Home 61
9. The Stages of Language Development 71
10. Communication Puzzlers 85
Appendices
A. Parent Worksheet 97
B. Resources for Parents and Caregivers 99
Parent Glossary 105
Bibliography 109
Index 113
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