Babies Learn to Talk by Hearing and Lip Reading

According to a recent study, there is a possibility that babies not only learn to talk by hearing but also by lip reading. This happens when their babble starts to gradually change from just noise into syllables and finally into their first words. Scientists in Florida have discovered that around six months babies start to shift from the gaze of an infant to studying the mouths of people talking to them.

Babies Learn to Talk by Hearing and Lip ReadingIn order for the baby to imitate what you are saying, they first have to see how to do their lips in order to make those certain sounds they are hearing, which can be a very complex process.

There is also the question of babies that have development disorders, including autism, ADHD, delayed speech, learn to speak the same way or there is a difference that the baby shows that may provide an early warning sign of these disorders.

The research and study was done on one hundred eighty babies in groups of four, six, eight, ten, and twelve months. The four month old gazes into the eyes, the six month olds spent time equally looking at the mouth and eyes, and the eight and ten month olds mainly studied the mouth of the speak. At twelve months, the attention turned back to the speaker’s eyes. Apparently does not take them too long to understand the movements that match the basic sounds and absorb all this into their brain.

This research appears this week in issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, this research also shows that quality time with your baby face-to-face is extremely important for their speech development.