Book Review – Talking Baby by Margaret Maclagan and Anne Buckley

Although my children are now ‘grown up’ enough to be able to speak for themselves (rather more freely than I would like sometimes!), they’re not too grown up that I can’t clearly recall the ‘baby chat’ or ‘trying toddler’ stage.  

This book would have been a real asset to me during those early years. It is filled with very practical tips and advice on how to both create an environment that encourages language (for example by reading to your child) and for how to respond once your child begins to talk (haven’t you always wanted to know how to answer “Wassat?’).  

The book is filled with amusing vignettes (which were so accurate in many cases I wondered if the authors had been in my house!) and snapshots of language-based research which are both fascinating and reassuring.  

Understanding the natural progression of language and being prepared with helpful and supportive reactions would certainly have made my time with new communicators even more fascinating. I would strongly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. 

If you’ve got a little person in your life, I know you’ll enjoy and learn from this book too.  

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About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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