Understanding the language acquisition process

Pediatrician Sonya Sethi Gohill, MD, shares advice for parents on how the language acquisition process works in toddlers and the best method for improving your child's language development
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Understanding the language acquisition process

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Parents often ask me how their child will learn how to speak and when they will be able to speak in full sentences. Children don't need any type of formal instruction to learn how to speak. They really learn how to speak by listening to the people around them. There are actually studies that show that the more words the child hears spoken in the first four years of life, directly correlates to a higher IQ later. That doesn't mean that you can plop your child in front of the TV and expect them to have a higher IQ. It's really about spoken words, so you need to sit and speak to your child, especially in those first few years. By the time your child is two, he or she will likely be able to combine two words and will likely have over 50 words in their vocabulary. Over the next year, they will develop even more language. By the end of this year, will likely be able to speak in three or four word sentences. It's really important to read to your child. One of the reasons reading is so important is because it gets you to say words that you wouldn't normally say in day-to-day conversation. For example, if you are reading a book, you might run across the word "giraffe." You probably don't use the word "giraffe" in day-to-day conversation, but if you read to your child and the word comes up, you say it aloud; thus, exposing your child to another word and increasing their vocabulary. Overall, reading to your child. Talking to your child. Playing with your child. These are ways you can help your child develop their speech and it's going to be fun for you at the same time.

Pediatrician Sonya Sethi Gohill, MD, shares advice for parents on how the language acquisition process works in toddlers and the best method for improving your child's language development

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Sonya Sethi Gohill, MD

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Dr. Sonya Sethi Gohill is a board certified pediatrician. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors.  Dr. Gohill then went to UCLA for medical school and her pediatric residency. She works at her own private practice, Brentwood Pediatrics, in Los Angeles. Dr. Gohill is also a certified lactation educator. Dr. Gohill lives in Santa Monica with her husband and their three kids. Her sons, Dilan and Jaiden, are seven and four, and her daughter Tara is eight months old.

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