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Language Development and Pregnancy

Hi there,

I think by this time it is safe to say that I believe learning occurs in the womb and that we have a captive audience to work with!

What is it that I think will happen? Well, for one thing we can make an impact on Language Development which is a pretty cool area to work on!

Since there are studies out there that show babies not only hear their moms and may understand them and are already learning from them, why would we dismiss this golden opportunity to make a difference.

Some ideas to think about: Tell baby about your day, talk to him or her all the time-even when you are out shopping in the stores buying things. Tell what you are buying and why you are making that purchase. Discuss the color you might want to choose. If you stop to have a meal tell baby about that. Describe the restaurant, the food you order, whether or not baby might like that as you do, rub your tummy frequently and tell baby how excited you are for them to be born. Relate to them that their birth is a big deal and an experience for everyone concerned. Describe that the birth will moving day for baby and he or she will no longer be residing in the womb.
Anyone around the baby should direct their conversations to Suzy or Tony. Call the baby by name if you know the sex and picked a name out.

Sound nutty? Nope, you are giving your child a foundation for Language Development.

It has been said that babies begin to absorb language when they are inside the womb during the last ten weeks of pregnancy which is earlier that previously thought. The main message for new moms is that their babies are listening and learning and remembering during the last stages of pregnancy. Their brains do not wait for birth to start absorbing information. This comes to us from author Patricia K. Kuhl, PhD. She is a professor of speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington. 

I believe that if we start the minute we know we are pregnant we can be Setting the Stage for School Success. Baby will not hear you five minutes after you are pregnant, of course, but when it is time for him to hear you it will be a completely natural sound and Language Development will be on the result. 

Jo Dillery


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