on Objects, Actions and Problems
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are the one who has the words for your baby's interests
and curiosity. Now that you have become an expert conversationalist
and a mind reader, it is time to become a tour guide.
You do get to take conversational turns,
too. Your turns are responsive, but they add information.
You know where the important, exciting objects, actions
and problems are, and you know how to communicate about
them. When you play with your baby, you can point out these
features. This is called parallel talk.
You can give your baby a play by play of what is happening
in the world. Remember, though, not to hog the turns or
forget what your baby is attending to. If you play with
your baby, you do it in steps. Different steps call for
different parallel talk. For example, when you blow bubbles,
the stick in the bubble bottle.
is it?" "Euw! Sticky!" "There it
ready to blow!
bubbles everywhere, floating and popping.
up." "Pop, pop, pop!" "All gone."
wet circles everywhere.
table. Feels wet."
Some of the
other activities you guide your baby through could be changing
diapers, dressing, eating or getting ready to go in the
car. Each of these activities happens in steps, and every
one of those steps can become a conversation. What does
your baby attend to during changing? It could be the stinky
diaper, but it could be the mobile of birds that you hung
over the changing table or crib. When you have your coats
on and open the door, does your baby notice the cold air,
or the keys you are ready to use?
Look at the baby in each picture. Think about what responses
might expand the baby's idea. Look on the right to see some
examples of parallel talk. These comments could expand the
idea while sharing the baby's interest and attention.
Baby picking up cheerios from tray.
Putting one in mouth-big smile.
"You like cereal."
"In your mouth!"
Reaching for more.
"Find more for mommy."