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What's ahead in 2018 and what we did last year!

Our Talking Matters campaign is growing like a kumara vine. More and more people and organisations have joined, and there is more talk about talk around the country. Here's a summary of our mahi for 2017 and what's ahead.   

Talking over time poster

Developmental stages A3 printable poster - by Talking Matters

Being child-centred - What does it mean for your organisation?

By the Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children are a core part of society. They depend on, and are major users of, many services, but they often have little say in the policies and services that affect them.

Marie Clay Research Centre 's assessments review

by Marie Clay Research Centre

As part of the strategic partnership with Talking Matters, the Marie Clay Research Centre is conducting a comprehensive, online search of assessments (formal and informal) and progress indicators of early oral language and communication. No comprehensive review or inventory is available, so this work will provide a strong foundation for the future.

Talking Matters campaign overview

The Talking Matters campaign is a call to action because oral language in the early years is an equity issue. download to read about our goals and actions 

Talking Matters community action overview

Read a summary of our community initiatives and actions... and how to get involved. 

Talking Matters Summit 2017

Confessions of a childhood stutterer

Keynote Address - Children's Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft

Nourishing our Children with Language. The Early Years last Forever

Wendy Nelson, Brainwave Trust

What we know about the language of our small children

Dr. Susan Morton, Director of the Growing Up in NZ Study

The power of home & heart languages

Dr Rae Si’ilata, Associate Dean, Pasifika & Lecturer in Bi-literacy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland

Talking to you matters to me: How data from LENA recorders gives power to parents

Emma Quigan |Manager, Talking Matters with Granger Grove mothers: Patrese Herewini, Catrina Bregmen, Renee Maka & Kylie McOnie

Tips for Talking, Reading, Singing

Exploring Writing

Some recommendations for families with very young children  

Prof. Jan Gaffney of the Marie Clay Research Centre

Tune in to kids – start with what they are interested in

Talk more often – Talk with them for longer & encourage them to talk; describe everyday things and everyday object. Chat to them about what you and they are doing. Every moment is potentially a talking moment.

Gift children 'juicy' new words – Expand what they know. If the word seems too hard, use it and explain, rather than avoid it.

Encourage them to talk and take turns Back and forth, 'serve and return' conversations make a big difference. To really develop their brains, children have to participate and contribute as well as listen.

Fewer questions, more comments Questions don't add knowledge. Gift additional words to build children's understanding of ideas and concepts.

Talk differently – Praise their efforts/ relate to their interests; expand and talk everywhere . This is simple, free and easy. You have the power to make a real difference.

Read books every day – The language in books is different from everyday conversation, and expands their understanding of the world. It is never too early to read to babies. Books also help build the bond between child and reader and help the child get ready for reading when they are older.

There are no secrets to talk! Resources to share:

10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers from the The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in the US who partner with Zero to Three and support the National Center on Early Childhood Development. More Than Baby Talk

Brainwave Trust NZ
The science and research behind growing great brains Brainwave newsletter Talking is Teaching
"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognise their power to boost their children's early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions. They have some good ideas in their resource section.

Dual language books for your Pasifika new entrants and their fanau. The Pasifika dual language resources are designed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika new entrant students who are taught in English.

How to read with your child
A speech school that understands that parents also play an important role in exposing children to language, they have reading strategies for parents. See the video: How to read with your child. More information here: Atlanta Speech School .

Improving early child development with words: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Improving early child development with words. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is leveraging the simple practice of talking to babies and toddlers to nourish their brains and set them up for better performance in school and life. TEDxAtlanta presentation by Brenda Fitzgerald

LENA are pioneers in developing a worldwide recognised system that measures early language environments for research, intervention, and clinical use. they have programs accelerate language development. Non -profit research group

Ministry of Education
Sounds and Words is designed to support teachers and students to learn about phonological awareness and spelling. It builds on the Literacy Learning Progressions in support of the reading and writing standards. More Than Baby Talk: [PDF].

Read On Get On A UK National Literacy Trust coalition campaign to get all children reading well by the age of 11 by 2025. Target is reading to all children for 10 mins a day. They have aprogramme for parents and families ' Early Words Together' and facilitate Talk to your baby conferences

Much more than words
NZ MOE resource from Te Kete Ipurangi. It covers communication development and speech sound development. Educator tools

Raising early achievement in literacy programme funded by the UK, Department of Education to improve the quality of early education and care of young children. REAL Sheffield

Read On Get On A UK National Literacy Trust coalition campaign to get all children reading well by the age of 11 by 2025. Target is reading to all children for 10 mins a day. They have aprogramme for parents and families ' Early Words Together' and facilitate Talk to your baby conferences

Save the Children UK briefing paper 2016 presented new findings that show what happens for children who are struggling with their language skills Consequences for children who are struggling with their language skills

Silent face experiment
Watch what happen when parents do not respond to an infant. Here is another one with dads

Small Talk - How children lean to talk is a great resource from the The UK Communication Trust which is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations who support everyone who works with children and young people with their speech, language and communication. Small Talk [PDF].

Why talking to little kids matters

For babies, good conversation is nourishment for the brain. Dr. Anne Fernald is the director of the Language Learning Lab of the Stanford Psychology Department . TedX presentation by Anne Fernald.

Why we should all be reading aloud to children
Reading aloud helps us get inside the book, it gives access to the stories. It allows us to connect and reading leads to talking together. TedX presentation by Rebecca Bellingham

Words for life
Words for Life (UK) it has Milestones - By three months and tips for Playing with your baby

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