Long before your little one utters their first syllables, their brain is working overtime to develop language skills. From the day they are born (or pretty close to it), a baby's brain begins to process sounds and create a foundation for language that will influence their learning throughout life. Although every child is unique in their development, there are several effective ways to increase your baby's language skills that provide them with more meaningful ways to communicate and interact with their world.
Romper recently spoke with Kara Dukakis, director of the public awareness and action campaign Too Small To Fail, which promotes the importance of early brain and language development. According to Dukakis, "The most dramatic period of brain development takes place between age 0 to 5 years old." It's during this time that neural connections are being made at a rapid pace to create a strong foundation for learning. Too Small To Fail has created an initiative called Talking Is Teaching to provide caregivers with resources for creating more words in a child's vocabulary. Using the concepts from Talking Is Teaching, as well as other proven methods, you can boost your baby's language skills with these 11 activities.