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Harvard researchers use the phrase “serve and return” to describe the back and forth conversations parents have with their babies beginning hours after their birth. Your baby ‘serves’ with an eye gaze or a kick or a coo and you ‘return’ with a smile or words or a loving touch. “It’s Your Turn” is critical for your baby’s brain growth, language, and thinking skills. It doesn’t sound like a conversation yet, but it’s crucial for bonding with your baby and is the very foundation of their brain architecture.
You might not always notice when your baby is wanting an interaction with you. Each time they look at you, make a sound, or even flinch is an opportunity to connect.
Your toddler is busy exploring and learning about the world around them. This curiosity intensifies their experience as they want to touch, see, and understand everything around them!
18-month-old toddlers love to play and interact with music. The key is the repetition in the silly songs they like to sing with you.
At two years of age, the conversational turn taking continues even more rapidly as your child expresses their needs, wants, and protests in words.
When your baby engages in this back-and-forth conversation, the connections in their brain grow and become stronger. These connections are critical for listening, spoken language, and reading.
“It’s Your Turn” is the LSL strategy that you will continue to use throughout your baby’s life.
The amount of conversational turn-taking you have with your baby is among the most predictive measures of child outcomes and school readiness.
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