Dyadic Interaction and Early Communicative Development

Eva Nwokah

In: Encyclopedia of Language Development

Dyadic Interaction and Early Communicative Development

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  • Dyadic interaction refers to early face-to-face interactions in which caregiver and infant appear to be responding to each other in a bidirectional way through circles of interaction from one to the other, usually in close physical proximity of each other. This process of mutual engagement provides the infant with the foundations of early communication and language development (listening, comprehension, and expression) by offering experiences in recognizing familiar and unfamiliar voices; attending to, perceiving, discriminating, and eventually comprehending sequences of human speech and nonspeech sounds; and discovering the impact of vocal and verbal behaviors on others and the process of turn taking.

    The experience of having early signals interpreted correctly, and responded to appropriately and contingently by the caregiver, is a motivation for the child's continued attempts ...

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