Item description for BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability to Listen, Understand, and Communicate by Sally Ward...
Overview Shows parents how to enhance their child's communication, listening, and attention skills, offering tips on toys and books by age and development level, creating the best setting for learning, and when and how much to talk to one's child.
Publishers Description Parents profoundly influence their child's language development, including their ability to listen, understand, and communicate. From birth to three years is the crucial window of opportunity during which a child's learning potential is at its fullest and most formative. Now with this amazing book, parents can use the revolutionary BabyTalk program to maximize their baby's language skills- and provide a solid foundation for later learning-"in just thirty minutes a day" A simple and fun one-on-one program created by a renowned speech and language therapist, BabyTalk is based on extensive clinical experience and is firmly rooted in natural parent-child interaction. What's more, it fits into the normal pattern of your child's play You'll discover how to best talk to your child-and what to talk about-at each stage of development, including how to - CREATE an environment in your home that most benefits your baby's development - NURTURE your child to become a confident communicator - STRENGTHEN his or her ability to concentrate and retain information - STIMULATE your child with specific toys and books at each stage - RECOGNIZE problems that may hinder language development - PRESENT games, play ideas, and words to stimulate the imagination
Use "BabyTalk" to give your baby a lifelong advantage for learning
Citations And Professional Reviews BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability to Listen, Understand, and Communicate by Sally Ward has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 03/15/2001 page 101
Publishers Weekly - 04/02/2001 page 60
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345437071 ISBN13 9780345437075
Availability 0 units.
More About Sally Ward
Dr. Sally Ward is Head of Speech and Language Therapy at Christopher Place, a new centre in London for children with speech and language disabilities. Children are brought to her clinic from all over the world. She has also appeared in a number of television and radio programs. Dr. Ward has three very articulate grown-up children.
Reviews - What do customers think about BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability to Listen, Understand, and Communicate?
Baby Talk - Simplicity Feb 25, 2008
An enjoyable read that has a lot of good information on the best ways to talk to your baby and to allow them to develop their language skills.
Very effective! Feb 21, 2007
When my daughter was 18 months, she would say "ball" and "car" and that was it. She didn't point to body parts at that point or follow other simple commands.
I found the book BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability to Listen, Understand, and Communicate by Dr. Sally Ward to be very helpful. The author is a speech therapist in England who has done studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of her BabyTalk program. The book is divided by age from birth to 4 years old, and describes what children should be able to do at each age and how to help them develop further. It took a little while to understand the organization of the book by age and how to implement the program. That could be spelled out a little more clearly. However, I was able to figure it out pretty quickly and it was well worth it.
Basically, I needed to use very simple sentences like, "That's a book" and make an effort to teach my daughter vocabulary. It's very simple to implement, but I didn't know what to do until the book spelled it out. My daughter has progressed very rapidly since then. At 19-1/2 months, she speaks over 60 words and has good comprehension for body parts and simple commands. She speaks a new word or two every day. I will continue to use the book as a guide to how to keep up with her developing abilities and help her progress further.
No new info here Jun 12, 2005
Dr Ward divided different ages into separate chapters and gives developmental characteristics for each age. The end of each chapter gives suggestions for interaction with your child. All of her suggestions were good, but are things we already do on a regular basis with our son.
Her suggestions include: -Give him opportunities to play near other children. -Let him use large play equipment in the park. -Don't let your sentences get too long. -Repeat what your child says.
Some of the information is repetitive, and many of the recommended activities are the same for each of the ages. Check it out of your library, but don't waste your money on it.
A good book, but with faults. Apr 11, 2004
Dr. Ward's book is clearly written, and based on fantastic concepts. My eldest son is autistic, and between research and personal observation, I have seen professionals use many of the techniques Dr. Ward describes. By using this book, you will be, essentially, performing as a speech therapist for thirty minutes a day.
If you are looking for insight in a book like this, you are going to have to be willing to open your mind and accept that some of your personal concepts will have to be changed, that some facts will go against your personal understanding. Unfortunately, Dr. Ward presents both those facts and her personal opinions in the same light, making them indistinguishable.
As I said, the basis for her book is fantastic, and most of what she says is based on hard fact. A good bit, though, is based on her personal opinions on matters such as imagination, make believe, and electronic teaching techniques, and some of those opinions run contrary to established clinical studies and facts.
Read this book, but don't take its facts as being set in stone. Instead, consult other sources for your facts, make up your own mind on what is appropriate, and use Dr. Ward's book as a basic outline for a program for teaching your child.
Essential reading for parents of newborns & toddlers Jan 11, 2002
I was given this book when my son was 3 months old and have been recommending it and loaning it out to friends ever since. THe focus is on speech development, but it has great ideas for play and interaction at every stage of infancy thru age 4. While the author specializes in children with speech difficulties, this program is great for all children. My son is now 24 months old and ahead in speech for his age. He seemed to learn to speak really quickly and now many of his sentences are pretty long and complex, e.g. at the playground yesterday: "Mummy, that boy is really upset because his mother is going away", or "Mummy, please can you come and see what I'm doing". I attribute this pretty much to the BabyTalk program because the principles here have really determined how his Dad and I have interacted with him ever since we got the book. Being able to communicate really well already not only makes his life less frustrating (he has only ever had a handful of tantrums), it also sets him in good stead for the future academically. I had no background in early childhood development so it's been most helpful to have such a thorough and practical book to accompany his development. There are vital principles to learn about playing with, listening to, and talking to your child that are fundamental but easy to apply, and clearly presented here. It also warns you against very common ways of talking to young children (pointless questions, correcting, asking the child to say this or that, amongst others), which turn out to be quite harmful to their speech development. In addition to giving me needed ideas about structuring our play and interactions (I ran out of ideas and sometimes became a little bored before reading the great ideas in the book), it gives you the background in cognitive and sensory development that helps you understand why they are the way they are and what's going on inside their heads. It gives you a great respect for the child and their ability to learn. There are ideas for age appropriate games, conversation, books, and toys at each stage of development. It's based solidly on research and clinical experience. This is a gem of a book and I am so thankful that I was given it early on, but it doesn't matter at what stage you get started. Go ahead and get it!