Most babies have a natural reaction to sounds. By 6 months, you should have observed by now if your baby does not respond to loud or abrasive sounds. You need to get your baby's hearing tested if they did not get their infant hearing test completed at birth or if you suspect a hearing difficulty. If your child has had any ear infections, you should make sure the infection has completely cleared up. Recurring ear infections are a cause of infant language delay.
step 1: Respond to sound (within their line of sight)
If baby's hearing is normal, then we need to teach baby that they should be responding to sounds. We achieve this by operant conditioning. You may recall the name from a psychology class. Operant conditioning is training someone to do something by reinforcing the correct behaviors. So we will be reinforcing the behavior (turning towards the sound) and reinforcing that with something desirable for baby (tickles, a toy, etc.)
STEP 2: RESPOND TO SOUND (out of LINE OF SIGHT)
Now that your child is able to respond when you make a loud sound in his line of vision, we want him to start responding when he can’t immediately see the source of the noise.
STEP 3: RESPOND TO name
Now that your child will respond when you make a big noise and commotion, we want your child to respond just as well to your voice.
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