Worldwide immigration patterns are increasing the number of children who grow up exposed to two languages, a circumstance that provides numerous benefits as well as some challenges. Continue reading “Children take longer to learn two languages at once”
MIT study links piano education with better word discrimination by kindergartners. Continue reading “How music lessons can improve language skills”
MRI brain scans can predict language improvement after a cochlear implant, laying the foundation for creation of brain specific therapy.
Touch is the first of the five senses to develop, yet scientists know far less about the baby’s brain response to touch than to, say, the sight of mom’s face, or the sound of her voice.
The meaning behind infants’ screeches, squeals and wails may frustrate and confound sleep-deprived new parents. But at an age when babies cannot yet speak to us in words, they are already avid students of language.
Preschoolers who speak two languages show less impulsiveness than their single-language peers, say University of Oregon researchers whose project was seeded after they met in a graduate psychology course.
A month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese.
Hand gesturing is a flexible way of communicating that can help with language learning in both hearing and deaf children. Continue reading “Gesturing: Learn New Words Using Your Hands”
We use spatial language in everyday activities. Stating “the pail is next to the boy” provides a definition of visual space. Phrases like “on the table, under the bed, behind the door” are very important for young children who are learning about their visual space world and how to follow directions through practical life learning. Once a child becomes school age, they need to use language in order to follow directions quickly and accurately and to master new social and educational learning.