Infants Need to Hear Adults Talk.

(Psychology Today) An article written by University of Texas cognitive scientist, Art Markman, on how infant-directed speech plays a huge role in language development. A growing body of evidence suggests that a huge influence on early language development is the number of words that children hear as infants and toddlers.  The more that parents speak to their infants and in front of their infants, the better infants get at understanding speech and learning words.  This early language experience compounds itself over time. Not only do infants who hear lots of words understand language better than those who hear fewer words, they are also more likely to start vocalizing and speaking words earlier. When children talk more, adults talk back to them more often. So, the early advantage in language ability gets bigger over time. Read Article

Fernald, Anne, Marchman, Virginia A., Weisleder, Adriana. Talking to children matters: early language experience strengthens processing and builds vocabulary. Psychological Science Vol 24, No. 11 (November 2013) – Read Abstract

Publication:      Psychology Today
Author:             Art Markman
Publish Date:   12.10.2013