One of the best moments is when your child imitates your facial expressions. At that moment, you know they understand what you just did and how to communicate back. It is fun and, most importantly, is building vital communication skills for your child. As part of our dedication to early intervention at Speech Source Therapy, Inc., our speech therapists help parents understand the signs of early communication skills in babies.
Encouraging Early Communication Skills in Babies
Encouraging early communication skills can be as simple as making funny faces at your baby to see if they mimic your expression. Common facial expressions include:
- Sticking Out Your Tongue
- Raising Your Eyebrows
- Opening and Closing Your Mouth
- Making a “Fish” Face
- Playing Peek-a-boo
These simple movements are building your young one’s brainpower to grow into more complex communication abilities as they age. It is essential to note that repeating expressions is necessary for development. The younger your child is the more you will need to repeat the action to help them process the movement and repeat your actions. In addition, it strengthens your natural connection with your child by creating bonding opportunities throughout your daily routine and beginning communication.
How Can a Speech Therapist Help with Early Communication Skills?
At Speech Source Therapy, Inc., we believe early intervention is key in helping young ones build successful communication and speech skills. If you think your child may not be meeting early communication milestones, consulting with a trained speech therapist in Los Angeles can help you determine if your child would benefit from speech therapy. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our offices at SFV: (818) 788-4121 or LA: (213) 493-6698.