Early communication

Child health charity Best Beginnings produced the following video clips to show the importance of early interaction and play between parent and child. The clips show mothers interacting with their children either through talking, playing or singing and all clips are accompanied by expert commentary from a Developmental Psychologist, Dr Liz Kirk who shares tips on how to encourage positive early communication with your child.

Soon after birth, your child is developing speaking and listening skills well before their first words. Babies recognise their mother's voice from the womb and will identify her face by the end of their first day together. ready and wanting to communicate. Humans are pre-wired to be interested in faces and voices. Babies recognise their mother's voice from the womb and even her face by the end of their first day together.

You may have noticed your baby tries to copy your facial expressions by poking their tongue out or opening their mouth. These interactions are conversations where you both take turns to communicate with each other which is important both developmentally and socially.

In this introduction, Developmental Psychologist Dr Liz Kirk gives an overview of what is contained in the singing, talking and playing with your baby clips:

Read the transcript for 'Early communication - an introduction'

This video is also available in Urdu, Polish and Chinese on the NHS Health Scotland YouTube channel. (external website)

Last Updated: 10 December 2012
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