BabyLab Leader Dr Marina Kalashnikova and Research Assistant Candice Michael from BabyLab at Kingswood were recently invited to join a Babytime session at Penrith City Library.
The Babytime session, led by Library staff, gives parents and their babies (aged 0-18 months) the opportunity to learn nursery rhymes and baby massage, with focus on stimulating language, motor and sensory development.
Following the fun and games of the session, Dr Kalashnikova gave a talk on language development.
She spoke of the difference between infant and adult directed speech, the rate at which infants learn words and the early influence parents have on the development of their child's vocabulary size.
Marina also spoke about the BabyLab and the type of research that is conducted in our facility.
After the talk, babies were given free play time with books and toys, during which Marina and Candice were able to speak with parents to answer questions they had about the BabyLab and language development.
Marina and Candice thank Penrith City Library for their invitation to participate in their Babytime session. They also thank the parents and babies who attended the session for welcoming them into the session and for their interest in the BabyLab research.
We look forward to attending again later in the year.
Babytime sessions at Penrith City Library are run fortnightly on Thursdays at 10:30am – 11:30am.
For more information on attending, phone (02) 4732 7891 or visit the Penrith City Council website.
If you're interested in helping researchers like Marina, you can register your baby for our studies by visiting our register page.