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Baby's Babbling May Help Predict Their Future Communication Skills

Written By Avantika Shukla | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The babbling of babies can help predict their future language and vocabulary skills according to research conducted by the University of Sheffield in the UK
  • It found that important information can be obtained on their future vocabulary with the frequency at which babies ageing 11-12 months try to say something
  • Researchers analysed that the response given by the guardians to their babies at the time of communication such as eye contact, babbling, etc, were responsible for the future language growth

The babbling of babies can help predict their future language and vocabulary skills according to a research study published by the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. The study found that important information can be obtained on their future vocabulary with the frequency at which babies ageing 11-12 months try to say something. It even said that the babies try to communicate with their guardians at this stage.

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Early signs observed by researchers

The way the babies make eye contact with their guardians can be used to gauge their future language and vocabulary skills. The research also observed how the guardians reacted to the early signs showed by the babies, such as the early infant vocalisations, gestures, and gazes. The various set of actions that best predict a baby's language evolution was tested.

Researchers analysed that the response given by the guardians to their babies at the time of communication such as eye contact, babbling, etc, were responsible for the future language growth. The researchers watched videos of babies playing in their homes with care-givers in order to analyse how the babies interacted with the guardians before they actually started talking.

The report even says that with the help of a few simple steps, the baby's guardians can help in the improvement of their language and vocabulary if they just respond to the child's vocalisations. There's no actual need for expensive toys.

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Babies can communicate long before they speak

The lead author of the research conducted by the University of Sheffield, Ed Donnellan said, "At 11-12 months, most children are starting to communicate and simply talking to babies about what it is that they are interested in can help them learn to talk." According to the researchers, these findings can be helpful to babies at risk of language delay.

He also added that, "Babies can get you to talk to them too, they can communicate long before they say their first words, and by responding to these attempts to communicate, caregivers can really help get language learning off the ground." The research provides some interesting finding and it can help the baby's communication develop smoothly.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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