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Raising A Talker is all about talking and engaging with infants and toddlers. It takes you on an exciting journey as your child moves from the first coos, smiles and babbles to words and sentences in the first three years. It shows you what you can do to boost language and learning while having fun together.

To best follow the child’s progress, the book has eight chapters through which you can trace your child’s development from birth to age 3 in detail.

You can read each chapter individually, start or continue at whatever age range or play activity you find appropriate for your child. The age ranges are not set in stone, and are general guidelines at best.

Raising A Talker provides a unique combination of

  • Developmental Overviews & Important Milestones
  • Language Checklists
  • Communication Tips
  • Play Activities with specific pointers on what to look out for in the child
  • Early Warning Signs

Science-based tips and strategies give the young child high quality early learning experiences to build a strong foundation for the future.

Developmental Changes

Your child changes very quickly in the first three years. So do the abilities to communicate with you. To best follow your child’s developmental changes, we provide:

  • Developmental Overviews for Each Year (1st, 2nd, 3rd ) to help you orient quickly.
  • Detailed Developmental Summaries for Each of the Seven Age Ranges (From Birth, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 Months and Up) to let you better follow your child stage-by-stage and tune in closely to her growing skills.

You learn about important developmental milestones and changes, what to expect when, and what you can do to keep up your end of the conversation and support your child’s learning. You also find answers to often-asked questions about language and learning.

Language Checklists & Communication Tips

Language checklists provide you with a quick and easy check-in on what your child can already do at a given age. You’ll learn where your child stands developmentally. The skills given are those that typically emerge during a particular age range.

Communication Tips give you specific pointers for each age on how you can best nurture your child’s growing skills that will help you connect and communicate more effectively.

Play Activities

The play activities tap into all the essentials necessary to build a strong foundation for language and learning. They range from turn-taking, babbling, following eye gazes and pointing, to nurturing understanding, talking, building literacy and math skills, and more. They are easy, educational and fun.

So you can orient yourself quickly and save time, the activities are structured the same way:

  • Quick explanation of what your child learns in the activity.
  • Goals and specific pointers how to support learning.
  • Skills that are fostered.
  • Materials and preparation needed to play. Many activities require neither or things you already have in the house.
  • Step-by-Step, easy-to-follow description on how to play the activity, including ideas on how you can vary it.
  • Skill spotlights with concise pointers what skills to look for in the child.
  • Photographs of the activities (in most cases).
  • Science reports, science-based tips to boost learning, and answers to questions parents and caregivers have.

Most of what you need to play is YOU – your vocal cords, face and desire to connect with your child through words, smiles, babbles, and more.

Learn how simple actions and tweaks in the way you talk and play help you connect and communicate more effectively with your child.

Early Warning Signs

Children learn to communicate, understand and talk at very different rates, but some children may be delayed or just different.

Early Warning Signs offers specific pointers that may signal a potential problem or delay.

Learn who this book is for, and what YOU get out of the book