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Making Sense of Sensitive Periods: Critical Language Development

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We are deeply touched when our children first begin to speak because they cross over the communication bridge to us - We are so excited that they are talking back! But we may not realize the extent of their verbal journey, and how critical we are to their success. From birth to six, children are in a critical period of language development, when the spoken word develops naturally. Ninety percent of our adult conversational language is in place by the age of six. Ninety percent! Sadly, if a child does not speak by age six, it is improbable that the child will acquire spoken, written or sign language beyond a two-year-old’s comprehension level. How can we ensure we support our children in their quest for communication skills that will have such deep impact on their lives? Join us as Maren Schmidt, Montessori luminary and family friend gives us important insights to our child's power of speech, and our role in magnifying it. Maren will share useful tips for supporting verbal skill development, and cautionary signals to be aware of along the way.