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Typical Development Part 1: From Birth to Babble course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session is about the course of typical language development from birth to about 1 year of age.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the abilities that infants possess to make sense of the speech that they hear
  • Describe the typical sequence of language development in infants as they develop the capacity to produce speech

This session is about the course of typical language development from birth to the age of about 12 months, a period during which significant achievements are made in language development.

It focuses on the learning that goes on before a child speaks their first word.

Instructors / Speakers
John Oates,
Professor of Developmental Psychology

John Oates FAcSS FRSA HonFBPsS is Professor of Developmental Psychology at The Open University. John’s primary research focus is on social development in early childhood. He led an ESRC-funded longitudinal study of infants with Down syndrome and a Department of Health funded service evaluation of a Family Nurse Partnership pilot programme.

He has also been involved in an NHS trial and implementation of a care pathway scheme for mothers with young babies in a primary care trust, and the adoption of a screening tool he developed in the field of perinatal mental health; a study of health visitor assessments of mother-infant relations funded by the Burdett Nursing Trust; and longitudinal cohort studies of children in Budapest.

He was member of the programme team for Early Support with particular responsibility for developmental journals, and partner in the development of Biztos Kezdet, an EU-funded national programme in Hungary based on Sure Start, for disadvantaged children and families.

With Professor Martin Woodhead, he was director of Early Childhood in Focus, a project funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands, producing policy guidance based on early childhood research. He was an academic consultant to the OU/BBC Child of Our Time series 2001-2011, and consultant author for Development Matters in the English Early Years Foundation Stage.

Typical Development Part 1: From Birth to Babble course for Medical Doctors
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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