Diane Duff - Literacy Consultant
Diane Duff, B. Ed., Literacy Consultant
~working with families and
schools to ensure every child can read~
Recently, I overhead a man describe the ten minute conversation he'd
had with his daughter. She must be an infant, because the entire exchange, dad said, was nothing but tongue clicks.
Doesn't that picture make you smile?
One of the things I remarked (after I stopped thinking about how attractive men are when they're
really engaged with their children) was that he'd called the tongue clicking a "conversation."
I wonder how many other parents would have called that a conversation.
Whether they exchanged conceptual information or not, father and daughter
were communicating - eye contact, give and take, speech sounds - all adding up to a statement by each of the importance of
Engagement - yes, conversation with infants
- is important on many levels because it:
• strengthens the emotional bond between parent and child;
the emotional well being of both parent and child;
• teaches the child about human interaction rules, such as turn
• exposes the child to sounds of language;
• develops the child's articulatory organs
the child to word boundaries (love you, not lu vyou);
• gives the child an appreciation of the prosody and rhythm
• gives the child something specific and motivating to listen to ...and hear; and
the child's receptive vocabulary
Whenever I see a parent
engaged with a baby, I feel very optimistic. Why?
every one of those skills is important to a child's ability to read with confidence, understanding, fluency, and enjoyment.
And that means one more child on his way to good school experience.
So, go talk to your baby.
Call me if you or the baby have any
Until next time,
Diane Duff, B. Ed., is a literacy consultant who works with families,
schools, and literacy coaches/tutors. Diane conducts assessments for
reading/writing skills and dyslexia; provides
workshops for parent groups;
leads reading and language curriculum review for private schools, Montessori
and homeschooling parents; and conducts teacher training in language
and literacy development.
Contact Diane directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toll Free: 1-888-636-7741