Observe the child’s face as people talk near her.
Call the child’s name and watch the reaction.
The infant recognizes her name and turns toward the speaker.
Children learn that part of communication is tone and inflection. Attaching meaning to inflection and tone is an important step in comprehension of what someone is trying to communicate. Help early childhood educators and parents understand the importance of consistency in communication. Facial expressions, tone, intonation, and words need to be congruent. Otherwise, children receive a mixed, and confusing, message.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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