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Children are born with the gift of sensing language and social interaction rules in their environment. Before they use words, they cry and gesture to express meaning. They often understand the meanings of others as well. A child’s language development includes the skill to understand, listen to and speak to others. A child then develops the skill to understand written language as well as read and write it.
Most often children learn the rules of language through use and over time. The rate that a child develops language can be affected by many factors. A child may focus more on developing a new physical or creative skill. A child may be learning a second language at home. The way other people respond to a child can also affect their rate of language development. Parents can nurture healthy language development by providing opportunities for their children to practice new skills during these important childhood years.
If you are concerned about your child’s language development seek advice from a specialist. They can determine if professional intervention is needed.