Speech and Language Development
The first few years of a child’s life are the optimal time for speech and language skills to develop. This period is called the window of opportunity for speech and language development. This means that during this time, the brain is primed to absorb language and make essential brain connections related to communication.
There are many windows of opportunity associated with different areas of child development. If skills are not acquired during these windows of opportunity, it does not mean that the skills can’t be learned. It just means that learning the skills will be more challenging and may take longer to develop.
It is critical that ECE professionals are aware of the speech and language window of opportunity and take action to create environments that promote the development of communication skills. This will be the focus of this edition of our newsletter.
For the article Elements of Speech and Language Development, CLICK HERE
For the article Speech and Language Milestones, CLICK HERE
For the article Promoting Speech and Language Development, CLICK HERE
For the article Augmentative and Alternative Communication Tools, CLICK HERE