Vocal Play


Vocal Play is the beginning of articulation for Baby. Baby must learn to use the tongue, gums, and jaw muscles in order to begin to produce vowels and consonants. Production of tongue clicks, “raspberries,” and the manipulation of the lips and cheeks, coordinated with breathing, are helpful in forming the basis for saying words. Exchanges of cooings, babblings, smiles, gestures, eye contacts and tonal babbling are all part of vocal play. Pausing and waiting demonstrates the important conversational element of “turn-taking.” As Adult and Baby take turns with sounds, expressions and movements, they create a conversational rhythm.


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