Why first words don’t come first

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Parents love first words.  This milestone is one of the most exciting because all of a sudden your baby has become a real little person.  It is the icing on the cake when the first word is also your name.  “Dada” (heart melts).  As speech pathologists, we are often asked when should my child say their first words?  

Well the short answer is at about their first birthday but what many of us don’t realise is that there is a set of skills known as ‘pre-language’ that develop well before they are of ‘speaking age’.  In fact, there’s a lot you can be ‘looking’ for when you are busy ‘listening’ for first words.  Here are our top 3 ‘look fors’ before first words:

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My daughter thinks the moon is a ball…

We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’.  Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.

So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night.  Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’.  This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.

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