Beyond Baby Talk – From Speaking to Spelling

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BEYOND BABY TALK has long been the only book parents need to guide their children in learning effective communication skills. Now, in the fully revised and updated edition from Three Rivers Press (On sale October 2, 2012), Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson equip a new generation of parents and caregivers to model healthy reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Hearing an infant’s first cry, watching a baby speak her first words, or reading a book with a toddler for the first time can be both thrilling and mysterious experiences for parents. A child’s language skills may seem to appear so organically that caregivers mistakenly believe there’s little they can do to help this development. Authors Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson, experts in child language, take the mystery out of the developmental process with updated education research, simple milestones parents can look for, and easy activities to build strong language skills.

In the updated and revised edition of BEYOND BABY TALK, readers will find:

  • Two brand-new chapters and an expanded age range—material now applies to children from birth through elementary school, with special focus on literacy milestones and development
  • Essential information about current technology, including the use of television, computers, mobile phones, texting, and apps
  • An exploration of popular fads that purport to increase language and literacy development, along with helpful tools to evaluate such claims
  • Updated resources and references
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