Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 18 Feb 2017 Talk to babies and l ...

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

AP
Published Feb 18, 2017, 9:07 am IST
Updated Feb 18, 2017, 9:16 am IST
Word pedometers can help parents record the number of words children say in the day
Low-income children hear far fewer words by age 3 than more affluent kids, a developmental disadvantage. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Low-income children hear far fewer words by age 3 than more affluent kids, a developmental disadvantage. (Photo: Pixabay)

Washington: Even young infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or babble instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies - and recording their attempts.

Low-income children hear far fewer words by age 3 than more affluent kids, a developmental disadvantage. Trying to bridge that gap, one program in Providence, Rhode Island, straps "word pedometers" onto tots to record how many words a day they hear. Another in New York City records video of parents practicing conversation strategies with babies too young to even say "Da-da."

 

Researchers say early findings are promising. They were presented Friday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

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