Have you been fooled by myths about your child’s language development? 10 common myths exposed

Child language development is a hot topic, with many people having opinions on what’s normal and what’s not. In this article I will expose what’s myth and what’s truth behind 10 commonly quoted myths.  You might be surprised…

Child language development

1. Everyone grows out of language problems eventually.
Myth! Some people never “grow out of it” and continue to struggle into adulthood.

2. Boys are slower to talk than girls.
True! But overall this is only by a few months. If your child is slow to talk, don’t assume it’s because he’s a boy and it’s normal.

3. Children with older siblings talk later because the older children do the talking for them.
Myth! While older siblings often interrupt, research doesn’t show this to have a negative effect on the language development of younger siblings.

4. Language development starts at birth.
True!  That is why it’s so important to talk to babies from birth.

5. Some children just start to talk at 3 or 4 years old.
Myth! Although this is a common myth, it actually doesn’t happen in normal development.

6. Using two languages confuses children and delays their language development.
Myth! Children have an infinite capacity for languages.

7. Talking to a baby is not important, because they can’t understand what you’re saying.
Myth! It’s important to talk to very young babies.

8. Children have a larger vocabulary when their parents talk with them.
True! The more language a child hears directed to them, as well as back and forth in conversation, the better their language skills will be.

9. Babies need sophisticated toys for maximum brain stimulation.
Myth! There’s no evidence that a particular toy will make your baby smarter.

10. You should never use baby talk with babies.
Myth! Don’t be afraid to use baby talk with your baby. It helps them tune into you and what you’re saying.

Summary
Don’t be fooled.  As you can see there are many commonly held beliefs that are based on nothing but myth. If you have any concerns about your child’s language development or speech then talk one of our therapists today at Voice Culture.

Question
Are there any other myths or comments about your child’s language development that you’ve heard?

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Alison Owen
Speech Language Therapist
Voice Culture
voiceculture.co.nz