Functional first words: What are they? Why do they matter?

What are functional words?

When your baby or toddler is just beginning to say words, you may notice that they get frustrated when they can’t tell you what they want or need. It will take some time for enough specific words to develop for them to be able to express all their ideas, however, focusing on π˜π˜œπ˜•π˜Šπ˜›π˜π˜–π˜•π˜ˆπ˜“ words can make a difference! While it’s impressive when tots know colors, letters, numbers, and the names of every object, we want them to be able to use words that will π˜π˜Œπ˜“π˜— them function in their day-to-day.⁣ Over time, your little one will begin to develop a wide variety of words in their vocabulary, which will eventually be combined into phrases and sentences!

Read more about ways to get your little one to use these words and download a free First Words handout from @tiny.talkers [https://www.tinytalkerschicago.com/development/functional-first-words-what-are-they-why-do-they-matter](http://Functional First Words information)