Webinar: Supporting big kids who use baby talk…meeting their needs using a developmental education approach.


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This is a live webinar for educators and parents who want to understand and meet the needs of older children who use ‘baby talk’ when under stress.

In this webinar Alice will outline some of the developmental factors influencing children’s use of baby talk, and ways to respond to baby talk using a neuroaffirming and developmental approach in both home and education settings. Members of the live audience will be able to ask questions.

Duration: 1 hour

Join live on:

AEDT – 26 March – 8:30am

PDT – 25 March – 2:30pm

  • A recording will be available to those who cannot attend the live webinar.
  • All attendees must be individually registered, even if viewing as a team or in a workplace. This ensures that the speaker receives fair compensation for their work in preparing and delivering this material.
  • Attendees will receive a (non-accredited) Certificate of Attendance, on completion of viewing either the live or recorded webinar.


In this webinar, we will explore Baby Talk from a developmental perspective. We will move beyond giving simple lists with one-size-fits-all ‘solutions’ (that may or may not work for individual children). Instead, we will build a road map to empower parents and educators to understand the needs behind this behaviour. By understanding this behaviour in this way, parents and educators can create a nurturing environment that encourages growth and development for each, unique child.

(Please note, this webinar is specific to the needs of older children with more mature speech, but who regress to using baby talk in challenging or stressful situations. For children whose speech has not yet matured beyond infant speech production, an assessment by a Speech Language Pathologist is indicated).

The content covered in this one-hour webinar includes:

1. Understanding Baby Talk

  • Recognising ‘Baby Talk’ – what it is, and what it isn’t.
  • Understanding why this speech pattern tends to frustrate and challenge some adults.

2. Baby Talk, Stress and Vulnerability

  • How humans use behaviours to meet their needs, and how these behaviours mature (or ‘develop’) – using the Dynamic Maturational Model
  • Why planned ignoring doesn’t work.
  • How to “read” regressive speech behaviour, and understanding the needs it signals.

3. Responding to Baby Talk at home or in learning environments

  • How to reduce stress in speech regression, using connection and attachment.
  • The two types of information that help reduce the child’s need to use baby talk.


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