Early Childhood Language Development

18 words a day keeps illiteracy at bay. A child 's first words are more important that you think. Language development is almost obviously important in a child’s development, but not every parent knows how to help it along properly. There are assortments of factors which come into play. A child 's environment is very important. Children in lower financial class tend to be in a lower quality language development. All a child wants to do is explore and learn about what’s around them, but what they learn will depend on the parent. A child is always listening, even in the womb. What you say to the child is important but so is what you say around the child to other people. The T.V and music can influence a child 's language greatly.
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Studies have shown that every child goes through the same steps of language development. In a child 's development they will learn roughly 18 words everyday of their mother tongue. The first step is the prelinguistic period, which is the when a child is between the ages of 0 and 15 months old. At this age the child has not yet acquired their first word. By 3 days old a child can already recognize their mother’s voices as well as showing preference for language over music. The second step is the prelinguistic period, which entails the cooing phase, which occurs at 2 months old. This phase overlaps the prelinguistic period at 2 months. This then goes into the babbling phase, which occurs at 4 to 6 months old and finally the vocables phase, which occurs at 10 to 12 months of age (Kipp, K., Shaffer, D. R., Willoughby, T., & Wood, E). Though everyone goes through these phases they must be stimulated in order for the appropriate results to occur. Research has shown that if a child is not conversed with or stimulated they will fall behind. In history a few cases have occurred where children are neglected and they have shown us how fragile early development …show more content…
Well you may not remember what you talked about, but those conversations were an essential factor in your development. The internationalist perspective mentions that when a child is just 6 months old they are already learning how to have a conversation with another individual. The child will not completely understand therefore they will babble at the same time that the mother or guardian is talking. By 7 months they understand turn taking and child directed language otherwise known as motherese. A motherese is when the parent uses simple, small words, they slow themselves down, and they use a higher pitch, which captures their attention (Kipp, K., Shaffer, D. R., Willoughby, T., & Wood, E). A study by Linda J. Harrison, goes into the relationship of children and their primary school and early elementary school teachers and parents. Harrison addresses the multiple studies which determine how important a close relationship between a parent and child contributes to their development. She then goes on by relating those studies with the possibility that the teacher also plays an important role, maybe even more than the parents. She indicates that children who are comfortable with their teacher are more likely to interact in conversation, immersive the child it their language at the highest. Narrative development in the social aspect is very important for language development. The studied conducted by McLean contained

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