When we talk with any young child, we make our face and our voice expressive.
Young children are trying to understand what we tell them AND they are trying to learn about the language we are using. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing are trying to accomplish those same jobs.
Here are some examples of parent turns that are "just right," or "just a little bit too much" for a child in an early stage of language learning (e.g., using single words, but not phrases yet):
Here are some phrases parents might use with their babies. All of them are about ideas that might interest a baby or respond to a signal. Some of them are a little too long. Which ones do you think are short and simple?
A. "Do you want more milk or are you done?"
B. (look in cup) "All gone." (hold up milk) "Want more milk?"
The two phrases in (B) are each short and supported by an action. Your baby has a chance to catch the meaning and the language.
A. "No ball? Okay…want your bear?" (offers alternative)
B. "You don't want this toy anymore. Let's find something else for you to look at."
The phrases in B express good ideas, but they are rather long for child in an early stage of language learning. Shorter phrases, like in A, affirm the baby's idea and invite the baby to play something new.