Everyone can speak parentese and some may not even be aware that they are doing it. Parentese helps a child learn because parents are able to talk and connect with their child when using the characteristics of parentese. Here are some ways to use parentese when speaking with your child.
- High pitched sounds
- Babies tend to learn best when they hear high pitched sounds because it captures their attention. This allows parents to engage and interact with their child because they are more likely to listen.
- Elongated words help children learn how to say certain words and they can better distinguish between vowels and consonants.
- Babies are drawn to human faces. Seeing different facial expressions will also capture the baby's attention.
- Keeping sentences short will help babies encode what you are saying to them.
- Speaking in a slow voice will help your child pick up and comprehend what you are saying.
- Use simple words and grammar to help teach your child.
- Using different tones and melodies to create a sing-song voice will engage your child's attention. This will help your child to become more involved in the conversation.
- Children learn best from repetition. The more children hear or see something, the more familiar it will become to them. Repeating words or phrases to babies will help them understand what they are hearing.
The next time you speak with your baby try to remember these tips. It will help you to better connect with your child, and to help them learn and grow.
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