- Paperback: 307 pages
- Publisher: Century (2 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712680985
- ISBN-13: 978-0712680981
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
BabyTalk Paperback – 2 Mar 2000
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BabyTalk is a revolutionary new child-care programme that aims to optimise your child's language development, enhance the ability to concentrate and learn, enrich imaginative play and maximise potential intelligence. Over 20 years of research led language therapist Dr Sally Ward to develop this extensive yet surprisingly simple and common-sensical approach to child care.
Based on the simplest of principles--spending time with your child--BabyTalk takes in all stages of your child's young life, from babyhood to toddler, and follows a step-by-step programme that encourages parents to devote half an hour a day to concentrating solely on the needs of the child so as to help them learn to concentrate, listen, understand and communicate and build firm foundations for future learning.
Dr Ward explores the world of toys, books, TV and video, placing them in the context of a child's life, and looking at when their introduction is most appropriate. She also talks through the different stages of babyhood, chronicling the good signs and the bad, but making clear the fact that all children develop at different stages, and if a parent is truly worried about their offspring then a checklist in a book is no replacement for professional advice.
All in all, BabyTalk is an accessible, sound programme that is simple to follow and demands nothing of a parent other than a few minutes every day to focus on and enjoy the company of their small child. --Susan Harrison
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The suggestions include things like making sure there is no background noise (young children can't distinguish between background and foreground noise); commenting on what your child is doing, not trying to direct his/her focus of attention, not asking questions, but making listening fun (eg by making silly noises and playing games). Using lots of repetition, and always responding to what your child means, even if it isn't expressed as 'speech'.
The book is arranged chronologically - so it tells you how to work with a child during the first 6 months, then 6-12 months, etc. In terms of advice, the chapters contain a large amount of repetition - ie, the techniques you use for a 6 month old aren't massively different from those you use with a two year old. So in a way, I felt the book could have been much shorter, but on the other hand, having all the information in every chapter does make it easy to dip into.
Although I think the content was good, I also think the main ideas could be summed up in a magazine article, rather than in a book of a couple of hundred pages. Also, as a mother of 18 month old twins, I found the one to one sessions didn't work too brilliantly. I tend to try and spend most of my day with my kids anyway, and they didn't seem to value their separate time with me, and didn't like being left with a neighbour (or whoever) whilst I did my one to ones with their sibling. So at the moment, I've put the one to ones on hold (I might go back to them in the future) but I do use the techniques recommended by Sally Ward now in my every day interactions with them, almost as second nature.
The book also provides interesting and valuable information on general milestones, e.g. what kinds of hand control they should be exhibiting at different ages.
The best part is that I really enjoyed working/playing with my son in the way outlined in the book and the rewards have been quick and gratifying.
In summary, I believe all of Sally's ideas are great, I really enjoy the concentrated time with my daughter and now my son, encouraging listening skills, not pressuring them to say things, etc. However, in my experience, my daughter's speech did not advance due to the methods I used in the book - perhaps I was just too laid back - I knew it would come when she was ready!
All in all, this book reinforced existing knowledge and gave new ideas as well. I think this book will be particularly useful for working mums whose time is more limited that Stay at Home mums.
I found that I could spare a lot more than 30 minutes a day as a stay at home mum focusing on my daughter's language.
I firmly believe this book and the influence it has had on me as a parent has helped my daughter to be as intellectually and physically advanced as she is today. I am not being immodest in saying that...this book has been extraordinarily helpful.
A good buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book when my daughter was around 3 months old - It definitely encouraged my daughter to talk!!! Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by Mrs. JR MILES
As a primary school teacher, I have often noticed that my highest G+T (gifted and talented) children usually belong to parents who could talk the hind leg off a donkey! Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2010 by C. M. Ibbotson
Was very happy with the book which provides clear examples of how to interact with my little girl to ensure her speech developes in the best way possible.Published on 4 Aug. 2009 by T. Wolbers
I bought this book as soon as my baby was born and she has always been quite advanced in her speech. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2003
I bought this book when my son was just a few weeks old and I can now say that this has been the best "child rearing" book I have invested in. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2001
My two year old child was a quite slow starter in getting his words together. We were at a loss what to do and did not want to go down the speech therapy route or know precisely... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2000