Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just a thought....

Babies can send messages to other people from the very beginning of their lives. They might not know that they are communicating with us, but our responses to their sounds and movements help shape their behaviours into meaningful ideas. When your baby sneezes, hiccoughs, coughs, cries, or makes happy gurggly sounds it is important that you respond as if he or she is actually saying something to you. Say things like "That was a big sneeze!" or "You like it when mama tickles your tummy". When your baby wriggles in your arms ask (Do you want to move?" You can interpret everything your baby does as a message that he or she is trying to send you and you want your baby to know that you have received it. This is how babies learn to become active, purposeful communication partners.

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