Did you know that at birth, your baby’s brain has almost all the neurons it will ever have and that the brain doubles in size by her first birthday? Also, by the age of 3, your child’s brain is about 80% grown. This is exciting news! Your baby is truly amazing and these first few years are so important. Your baby is making new connections every day by taking in what he hears, smells, sees, and feels. His daily experiences are shaping his ability to process and organize his cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and motor connections. Providing language rich environments is a huge responsibility for parents and caregivers as this will help shape your baby’s long term language and cognitive development.
Your child’s language skills will play a fundamental role in his future success, and YOU have the ability to enhance his skills. We want to help! Check out our Facebook or blog where we will be posting a weekly “talking tip” for you to use with your baby (and older children too!) during your everyday activities.
You can also check out LENA Start (https://www.lena.org/solutions/) for more information about FREE classes in the Wausau area for parents of children 0-32 months. LENA Start is a program for parents that provides essential information about building children’s brains through early interactive talk. We currently are a LENA site and have a weekly course going but will have another starting this fall!
Weekly LENA Talking Tip
This week’s talking tip: Talk out loud about what you’re doing and thinking.
You don’t need to change your routine to do this! Simply talk about the task while you are doing it. Changing your baby’s clothes? Talk about undoing a button, pulling it off, putting your baby down, etc. Taking a bath? You can talk about turning the water on and off and if it is hot or cold. What is that in the tub? “Oh, it’s a rubber ducky! The ducky likes to swim in the water, just like you!” Again, you don’t need to change anything in your everyday routine. All you have to do it talk about what you are already doing!