Learning to Talk

Eye Contact Babies love faces and they will stop smiling if you remove the eye contact. In many culture, having eye contact with the person you are communicating with is essential. Non-verbal clues are often picked up.    Focus on the Mouth It would seem reasonable to assume that your baby tries to look into …

I-Spy

"P" is for. . . In “The Baby in the Mirror”, Charles Fernyhough describes a car trip with his daughter who is almost three. They play the game “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with. . .”  One person begins the game by choosing an object they can see and the child has …

Two-Year-Olds – Cognitive Development

Kisses and Hugs Several exciting things happen around a child’s second birthday. A toddler’s height has often doubled since birth, and for the first time the chest circumference is greater than the head circumference. Most two-year-olds can walk up and down stairs, and they can “elegantly “manoeuvre a spoon. Many toddlers develop a strong sense …

Scribbling

    Scribbling Adults tend to refer to a young child’s first writing as “scribbling”. You can compare scribbling with babbling.  Scribbling is not “proper writing” and babbling is not “proper speech”.  But babbling is vital for language development, and scribbling should be encouraged since it is important for the development of writing and reading …