Language is Important — And Music Plays a Role.
While all domains of development are important, language comprehension can provide early insights on your child’s growth and development. “Even if your little friend can’t speak yet, you can see if they understand language by looking at how they react to what you say. For example, looking at their father when you say ‘Papa’ or ‘Daddy’, or turning their attention to your voice when you’re out of their sight.”
Developing language skills is vital because it enables your child to express themselves. “Developmental delays in language skills can lead to behavioural challenges,” says Dr Katrina. “Your little one may be throwing tantrums because they’re unable to communicate what they need.”
Around the age of 18 months, your child may start saying single words. They will soon move onto saying two to three words, to stringing them together, to forming short sentences. Engage them regularly in your conversations, and you’ll be surprised to see how much their little developing brains can pick up.
“Additionally, there has been research showing that music can improve your child’s language and learning outcomes,” adds Dr Katrina. To help with language and cognition development, try incorporating music, like nursery rhymes, to your child’s routine.