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First words

Here we can see a great example of a baby repeatedly using a sound that has meaning for him, whilst in a cafe, with his parents. He over extends the use of his word 'stone' in a turn taking conversation. Observe how his parents interpret his attempt to communicate and support him in his language development.

Good for looking at

  • Speech, language and communication
  • Effective adult support
  • Parents


  • Look out for the speech and language the child uses when communicating with his Mum.
  • How mum responds to the child’s attempts at communicating with her.


  • What aspects of speech, language and communication, common at this age and stage, did you notice Dexter using?
  • How did Mum support his development?