In this episode of The Conversation's Curious Kids, Dr Christa Lam Cassettari answers 9 year old Ella's question - How do babies learn to talk?
Watch this short animation and discover that babies begin to learn the rules of language before they are even born. They can hear the rhythm and melody of their mother’s voice for three months before they are born and this changes the way their brain develops.
Once born, parents who respond to their baby’s happy babbling sounds by imitating them or talking about the sounds they were making might be onto a good idea. Research shows that this is linked to baby making more complex sounds and developing language skills sooner.
It’s not all about babies! Parents play an important role in infant’s speech development. How does a parent’s emotional wellbeing, stress levels and availability affect a baby’s ability to learn to communicate and develop?
We've looked at how babies understand language, bilingualism, the importance of play and how parents play a vital role in their child's language development. We've received a lot of questions along the way from our listeners, so in this last episode of the series, we've set out to answer as many of them as we can.