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Has your child learned to blow air? Does baby use his tongue on the roof of his mouth to make clicking sounds? These are 2 important tricks for learning to speak.
If you make a game out of blowing air and clicking your tongue, your child will try to imitate you. Put a small ball on baby's high chair tray and blow on it until it rolls toward him. See if your baby can blow it back to you.
Now is also a good time to play the "touch and name" game. Touch different parts of baby's body and name them: "here is billy's nose. Where are billy's fingers?" touch parts of your own body and do the same thing. "Here is mommy's nose. Here is daddy's nose. Here is billy's nose." this game helps baby learn about himself, his body, understand the connection between words and objects and practice speaking. Most infants cannot point to a named body part until about 18 months of age. But research shows beginning to play language games now will help your child learn quickly.
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