Handbook of Language and Literacy Development - a Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months

children image

Where and How to Get Helpclick to print Print

Written by: Anne McKeough and Carole Peterson, University of Calgary and Memorial University of Newfoundland

Narrative development in the first year of a baby’s life involves foundational skills rather than specific narrative skills. Parents who want help determining if their baby’s memory, thinking, or language skills are developing can seek assistance from their family doctor, pediatrician, or public health nurse.

Throughout toddlerhood and early childhood, parents can get help from family members, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles, who can help share stories about the child’s past experiences or about events the family experienced. These shared accounts of experiences help children develop an individual identity and group identity as part of the family.

Engaging your young child to good children’s literature is an excellent way to develop narrative ability. Librarians can help you find books that are age- and interest-appropriate for your child. Websites, such as Children’s Literature Services, Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/childrenliterature/index-e.html) also offer parents similarly useful information.