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Infants find their voice in company of other babies

Infants find their voice in company of other babies
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All new mothers please take note! Ensure that you put your six-month-old baby in the company of other babies and not adults. This is to prepare them to \"find their own voice\" sooner. Researchers in Canada believe that an attraction to infant speech sounds may help kick-start and support the crucial processes involved in learning how to talk.

Toronto: All new mothers please take note! Ensure that you put your six-month-old baby in the company of other babies and not adults. This is to prepare them to "find their own voice" sooner. Researchers in Canada believe that an attraction to infant speech sounds may help kick-start and support the crucial processes involved in learning how to talk.


The discovery also offers new avenues to help infants with problems such as hearing impairment that hinder the development of their language skills.The researchers did a series of experiments where they played a repeating vowel sound that mimicked either those made by an adult woman or those made by a baby.


They discovered that the babies had a clear preference for the sounds that mimicked the infant. Some babies showed their interest in other ways. They met the adult vowel sounds with fairly neutral, passive faces. But when they heard infant-like sounds, they would smile or move their mouths as they listened, or did both.

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