Mom, hear how I speak!

Mom, hear how I speak!

Being called "mom" or "dad" for the first time is priceless: it is an indescribable emotion!

But… if the little one is late in saying his first words, what can be done to stimulate and help him in the process of acquiring communication skills?

To help all parents and answer the many doubts and questions that arise in this delicate passage, Barbara Franco, in collaboration with the speech therapist Anna Biavati-Smith, has created Senti come parlo, a volume released on September 24th within the QUID + series. , the editorial line dedicated to children in the age group from 0 to 7 years signed by Gribaudo, part of the Feltrinelli Group.

"First of all it is good to keep in mind that every child has their own time to learn to speak" explains Barbara Franco, the mother of QUID + "even if we are often inclined to compare ourselves with other parents and make comparisons, we must be careful not to get caught up in 'anxiety! There are those who start a little earlier and those a little later. This depends on many factors! "

As Dr. Anna Biavati-Smith explains, language is acquired gradually and its development goes hand in hand with the physical and cognitive development of the child:

  • At birth, babies emit a series of sounds in a completely involuntary way: coughs, sighs, mumbles, burps …
  • Between the first and the fourth month of life, then, the babies begin to emit the first voluntary sounds, especially in the relationship with family members or with those who usually take care of them.
  • Around the fourth month, babies begin to whine, that is, to emit sounds composed of alternating syllables.
  • Between 9 and 12 months, children usually develop motor and articulatory skills of language also thanks to the introduction of solid foods. They begin to produce repeated syllables with different consonants (varied lallation) and begin to use words that are part of their daily life. Furthermore, they react when we call them by name and respond to sounds by making other sounds.

In this process the role of parents is fundamental!

If subjected to the right stimuli, children will be facilitated in the development of communication.

Maria Montessori was also moved by this belief and in fact she gave parents a whole series of useful tips and tricks to facilitate the learning of language skills in children.

What are these tips?

Is critical:

  • Talking to the child from the first moments of life;
  • Always use simple language, with a clear pronunciation and making sure it is always grammatically correct, preferably using the present tense;
  • Naming the objects that are used, describing and comparing them, saying what they are for, explaining the situations that the child will experience before they happen, while they are happening and after they are concluded;
  • Pay attention when the child tries to speak, giving him time to find the sounds or words and call him by his name, to give him a strong identity and thus favor relationships;
  • "Put ourselves at his level": when we play or talk with him, let us lower ourselves by putting ourselves at his height so that he can assimilate everything we say but also how our face and body move.
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