I always aspire to write more frequently as families ask so many wonderful questions and although it sometimes feels like you're walking alone - often so many of the same questions. Lots of questions revolve around communication and speech. I recently came across this video clip of some recent research on how the brain processes and organizes words and it re-reminded me of how important it is to know, recognize and be humbled by how humans learn to communicate.
What this clip and their research remind us is that we learn words... speech... communication in context. In dynamic situations that are flexible in their understanding of words. Words are not learned in isolation. In fact, can you imagine the time it would take to learn all the different ways to map and connect the word house? brother? It's almost impossible to imagine. And as time was given to discretely learning every word - what other experiences would be missed?
As we get ready to fill lots of space during the summer weeks - find times to embed words in the contexts of their experiences. I will be writing on that topic next Tuesday. Have a topic you'd like covered? Let me know.