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Can you imagine how difficult it must be for a baby to figure out where one word ends and another begins when she hears, "Letsstopatmymothersonthewayhome"?
Did you realize that when you are the speaker in a conversation, it is polite to look off to the side every so often so as not to bombard the listener with both your voice and your gaze?
New parents wonder, “When will my baby begin to speak?” and “Is his speech and language on track?” When do you think your baby actually begins to develop the structures and skills needed for speech and language development? Even before birth! Your baby can hear your voice and other environmental sounds in utero. He will not be able to see well at birth, but he will be able to hear everything, and even to discriminate one sound from another. We can see newborns tuning in to human communication; they seem to seek human faces, especially when we are talking to them.