Families can play a transformative role in children’s development and language outcomes by engaging in meaningful, rich language interactions even before birth. Coaches such as home visitors, social workers, other practitioners can provide support to families by teaching parents basic knowledge and skills in Language Nutrition. These include Serve and Return (also known as conversational turn), Parentese (also known as “motherese” or child directed speech), and Responsive Interactions.
Feed Me Words focuses on Language Nutrition to support brain development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through talking, reading, singing, and playing. These everyday moments, like bath time, meal time and bed time, provide opportunities to surround young children in a language rich environment.
All parents want the best for their baby. Babies need lots of loving words to grow a healthy brain. During the first three years of life, the brain undergoes dramatic development. Talking with babies boosts this healthy brain development. Learn how early exposure to language can help a child build vocabulary, communicate better with adults and peers, be ready for kindergarten and develop essential life skills. Early language exposure supports healthy brain development and is the single strongest predictor of third grade reading proficiency.
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