Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. Continue reading “Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report”
MRI brain scans can predict language improvement after a cochlear implant, laying the foundation for creation of brain specific therapy.
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.
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”
Angry outbursts like temper tantrums are common among toddlers, but by the time children enter school, they’re expected to have more self-control. In a longitudinal study published in Child Development, researchers sought to determine whether developing language skills relates to developing anger control.
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.
A child’s early years lay the foundation for future learning and success. High quality early education can help even those children who may start school at a disadvantage to develop necessary academic skills.