We all know the importance of building children’s vocabulary, thanks to a landmark 1995 study which found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first three years of life than children from lower-income families. This
For children in preschool, speaking two languages may be better than one, especially for developing the skill of inhibitory control, that is, the impulse control necessary to stop a hasty, reflexive response and instead select a more considered, adaptive response.
Early this year, it was widely reported that one of the most important early literacy skills in kids isn’t about reading at all, but about spelling words — and not even correct spelling of words. The study, published in Developmental Psychology,
From the time of birth, children communicate with parents, with the world. From crying, babbling, repeating certain sounds, words and phrases to simple sentences and then more complex ones, children are continuously learning to speak. But if you, or siblings, interrupt
“Prejudice is the child of ignorance,” wrote the British humanist William Hazlitt. But children are not ignorant of prejudice. A new study suggests that children as young as 2 can pick up stereotypes from abstract language, suggesting the origins of
Scientific understanding of speech problems in children has grown by leaps and bounds in recent decades. But like much of academic understanding, it has yet to translate into everyday knowledge. Incorrect beliefs about speech disorders still hold strong. The fact
Parents are all-too familiar with the competitive undertone of milestone stories. “She was reading at 3!” is subtly countered by, “He was walking at 1!” While parents may differ in how they choose to celebrate these milestones, what is universally true is
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