Babies’ first gestures: a key sign of how they’ll talk

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/babies-first-gestures-a-key-sign-of-how-theyll-talkBabies’ first gestures: a key sign of how they’ll talk Understanding these early behaviours gives parents the opportunity to help support their child’s later progress in communicating. Many parents believe their infant’s first word is the most important milestone in learning to speak. However, research from the University of Manchester suggests that simple behaviours – such as holding up objects to show or share – are just as key and learning what they mean helps parents become effective ‘baby whisperers’.

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