Small Talk: Simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language skills from birth

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Small Talk: Simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language skills from birth

By Nicola Lathey and Tracey Blake

Co-author, Tracey Blake, explains how the book came about and why talking to your baby from birth is so important…

What prompted you to write Small Talk?

When my friend and co-author Nicola, an amazing speech therapist, told me she’d had a ‘conversation’ with my daughter Minnie when she was just 10 weeks old, I got really interested in how babies learnt to communicate. I went to Waterstones to buy a book about it to find out more but there wasn’t one, so I persuaded Nicola that we should write one as it was such an obvious gap in the parenting market.

How does the book work?

It’s a comprehensive guide for parents about how children, aged 0 – 4, learn to communicate and speak. We cover all the phases of language development, what should happen when and what to do if you think your child isn’t hitting their milestones. It’s also full of games, tips and tricks so you can have fun with your child as you encourage them along their way to becoming talkative toddlers. Plus we cover common concerns like glue ear, stammering, selective mutism, pronunciation problems and how weaning affects speech.

Why do you feel it’s so important for children to learn to communicate well from an early age?

First of all, the earlier your child can communicate to you that they are hot, thirsty or hungry, the happier and less frustrated they will be. And it’s such a relief as a parent that you don’t have to second guess everything. Developing language skills enables them to socialise – interacting with adults as well as playing with other children – and is a stepping stone to life-long learning. Studies have shown that the better your child can communicate at the age of two, the better their maths and literacy skills will be when they begin school at five. Good communication skills are the key to raising a calm, confident and chatty child. And who doesn’t want one of those?!

For more information visit Tracey’s website at where there are profiles of the authors and a bit more information about the book.

Tracey also writes the baby blog on the Mail Online –

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