Infant’s mimicking and imitation of sound
There are many stages of development in babies. During the course of development, babbling is the normal activity. Babbling means chattering or murmuring. This murmuring in infants starts normally during the third month, when the infant begins to make some sort of cooing and gurgling sounds. In the beginning this babbling may be irregular. As the time goes on and the infant practices more and more, he likes the sound of his own voice and also starts to vocalize some words.
Irrespective of cast and culture this babbling activity in the infants is common. Normally the infant starts to learn his mother tongue and also mimic sounds at the age of nines months.
Development of conversation skills in babies
The babies have a very powerful observation quality. Babies observe every conversation with concentration. Infants pickup the conversation of their parents and family members very easily. If you observe minutely the infants observe the conversation just like the audiences of a tennis match shifting their attention from one court to another. The infants observe the every part of conversation like tone, pitch and the expression of faces.
The normal tendency of infants is that they try to have conversation with their parents and other family members with the help of their mimic power and cooing and gurgling sounds. The infant become very excited whenever his mimicking is given an attention and tries to have more and more of this type of mimic. In this way infant thinks that somebody is having a conversation with him. This the first step of infant into the communication through conversation.
Techniques of Language Development in babies
It is the responsibility of the parents and other family members to develop the understanding of language among the infants and also encourage the mimicking of the infants. Every sound of mimicking or any kind of conversation the infant is trying to have should be given a positive response. The infants are influenced by the tone of voice, body language and expression of face of their parents and other family members and also try to copy their words and actions. The infant is not able to understand the exact meaning and purpose of conversation of their parents and family members, but the infant becomes excited when he watches the happy faces of them and tries to have more conversation. The infants are so sensitive that they even stop their mimic or conversation for while so that you can give a response to them.
Babies try to learn from the conversation their parents or near one’s are having. Infants give very good response to high-pitched voices and short words or sentences. Infants try to understand the meaning of conversation of their parents and family members and also try to be part of conversation. They try to learn the names of places and other things. During the course of teaching the art of communication and conversation to infants it is very helpful to speak slowly, repetition of words and use of simple words.