According to new research, you can predict what your baby's first words will be based on what your child loves looking at!
You can expect your baby to start speaking in the few months leading up to her first birthday. Yes, the first words are usually “mama” and “dada”, but how about the rest of your baby’s vocabulary?
According to a study, you can predict your baby’s early vocabulary by observing what your baby sees on a regular basis. Medical Daily reports that researchers from Indiana University found that babies are more likely to learn the words for objects that enter their field of vision more frequently.
"This may be how infants begin to break into language before their first birthday"
"Visual memory may be the initial key to getting words stuck on objects—familiar visual objects like table, shirt, bottle or spoon," senior author Linda Smith said in a media release. "It's an aggregated experience; those very first words may be learned—slowly and incrementally—for a few visually pervasive objects. This may be how infants begin to break into language before their first birthday.”
Language disorders and autism
As for children with delayed speech and language disorders, researchers think that these language problems are rooted in problems with visual processing.
"Children who are late talkers have slow or age-delayed visual processing skills for objects, for example,” Smith continued. “Children with autism have object-processing problems as well."
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