Every child’s ability to communicate develops gradually over time. In It Takes Two to Talk, the Hanen parent guidebook, we divide early communication and language development into four stages:
- Discoverers – react to how they feel and to what is happening around them, but have not yet developed the ability to communicate with a specific purpose in mind.
- Communicators – send specific messages directly to a person, without using words.
- First Words Users – use single words (or signs or pictures).
- Combiners – combine words into sentences of two or three words.
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