When should parents start encouraging early speech?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about when parents should start encouraging early speech.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: When should parents starts encouraging early speech?

    Rene Hackney: Parents should start to encouraging early speech as young as the baby seems to be attending to them, talking to the baby throughout the day. When the baby smiles, the parent smiles, when the baby laughs, the parent laughs, that was typical exchange. Even young, young babies, the four-month olds, start to realize while I am having an impact on the world.

    Somewhere in there, they start to realize, my vocalizations cause an impact on others and so, the ideas is to really attend and listen to those speech sounds early and have conversations with babies even when they don t have a lot of language. It s good when children are really young, also to sing songs that have repetitions that you are singing them everyday or singing songs with a lot of movements, things like Paddycake and The Wheel on The Bus. The more movements that are given with the sounds, the children start to pick it up a bit earlier.