Language development in early childhood
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128: Language Development in Early Childhood – Actionable Tips to Help With Their Speech Development

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Many of the mums I speak with who have recently embarked on their parenting journey ask me questions about language development in early childhood. Not surprisingly, they become particularly anxious when the whole topic of speech development becomes a high priority when the time comes for their little one to begin speaking.

Of course, the medicos and other childhood experts will give you rough timeframes of language development in early childhood and when this should happen, leaving you to work out your own child’s speech development timeframe. For many, when that timeframe has passed and if they are still yet to start their speech, they begin to worry, wondering whether there are any developmental problems or issues such as autism in the mix!

I realise this is a tough area for many of you so I’ve sought an interview with an expert in language development in early childhood who knows all about speech development. This week’s guest, Jill Urbane, has decades of experience as an early childhood interventionist and has been working with infants and toddlers for many years. Jill helps families to understand language and development and shows them ways to get their little ones on the path to words.

During our chat you’ll hear Jill talk about:-

  • The 5 pre-language skills that need to be in place before words are really going to start coming.
  • Why it’s advisable to avoid exposing your little one to noisy toys and why they often lead to laziness and speech delays.
  • The main cause of speech delays in early childhood that she has observed during her 25 years experience.

And so, so much more.

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About Jill Urbane

Jill Urbane

Jill Urbane is a Parent Educator and Masters Level Social Worker who has worked with families in their homes for nearly 30 years.

In that time, she has supported hundreds of families by providing them with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to help them support their child’s learning, growth and development. She specializes in toddler speech, social emotional development and behavior.

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