Communication comes in many forms, verbal, nonverbal, and gestures, to note a few. As we ages and encounter new experiences, we have the opportunity to ‘flex’ our communication muscle, to develop proficiency towards, and engaging into, reciprocal communicative exchanges. The development for communication begins as a natural connect from inside the uterus to the outside world. Following birth, the modes of communication exchange, expand vibrantly, demonstrating to the child the multifaceted aspect within communication itself-purpose, intent, and importance. How each child internalizes this information is unique to them, yet when does it become a developmental concern for a lack of reciprocal communication from the child within the world?
Following developmental patterns, we are unique in crossing through these stages. Yet, much like building a house on a firm foundation, communication needs a solid platform to be able to build higher levels. By-passing, or insufficient time preparing for meaning communication, does not allow the individual to reach their potential of individual expression. So, when is it time to be concerned?
*The following is intended as a pause for evaluation and is not intended as a diagnostic tool. Any concerns should be addressed to your pediatrician or choose health care provider.
• Babbling: Verbal language is explored with the mouth, which provides practice in sound and word development.
• Listening: Verbal communication hinges on auditory input and the responsiveness to environmental sounds/noises, aside from verbal language.
• Understanding: Receptive comprehension allows information to be internalized and for the individual to respond in expressive means (verbal or
Communication is our way of interaction with others; to share ideas, spread information, to inspire creativity. By reflection on this development as something that requires nurturing rather than meeting a developmental expectation, we cultivate a genuine foundation for language and a sense of inter-connection.