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

Word pedometers can help parents record the number of words children say in the day

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.

( Source : AP )
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