Talking To Toddlers Improves Intelligence, Study Says


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Talking To​ ​Toddlers Improves Intelligence Study Says  Talking to toddlers​ ​can be a rewarding and also a frustrating experience.  You know a lot of what you’re saying is going in one cute little ear and out the other.  And often their responses can be completely unrelated to your conversation.  One thing you can be sure of: the amount of time you spend​ ​talking to toddlers​ ​can  have a big impact on their intelligence.    Talking To Toddlers Improves  Intelligence Study Says  A new ​study​ published in ​Pediatrics ​the journal for the American Academy of  Pediatrics found toddlers’ language experiences have far-reaching consequences.  Namely the more opportunity they have to chat as toddlers the higher their IQ.  And the better their​ ​language skills ​are a decade later.

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The study focused on toddlers aged between 18 and 24 months. There were 329  children involved in the study.  What Did The Study Find  Their families recorded a​ 1​2-hour day​ of audio once a month for six months.  A software program analysed the recordings to quantify adult word exposure child  vocalisation and turn-taking interactions.  The amount of ​talking to toddlers parents​ ​did was important.  But the study found the amount of talking ​with​ toddlers taking turns in a conversation  was even more important.  During Phase 2 of the research 146 of the ​original participants​ aged between 9 and  13 years attended follow-up language and cognitive assessments.  These assessments were carried out by a clinical psychologist who didn’t have access  to the data from Phase 1 of the study.  They found a correlation between early language experience language skills and IQ  score at ​9 to 13 years ​old.  The correlation was strongest for the children first analysed between 18 and 24  months of age.  This suggests this window of development might be particularly important for  language skills.  The authors of the study concluded early intervention was necessary to support  parents to create the best early language environment for their ​toddlers.  “It’s incredible that we are able to measure the relationship between the experiences of  babies and their cognitive skills 10 years later” said ​Dr. Jill Gilkerson​ the lead author of  the paper.

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“It strongly supports what other research has shown: talk with babies may make a  huge difference in their futures and there is a need to begin early since parents’ talk  habits in the 18-24-month window start forming from the moment the ​baby is born​”.  “We know all of the child’s conversational partners matter from their parents and  primary caregivers to their child care teachers” said Dr. Stephen Hannon.  “This research confirms a growing body of science that says adult-child interactive talk  is essential to early development and success in school”.    Talking To Toddlers In Your Everyday Life  It’s all very well knowing the science but knowing how to​ talk to toddlers​ ​is another  thing altogether.  Here are a few ideas to help make talking to toddlers an enriching experience:  1: Chat Back  That sounds obvious doesn’t it But it’s not always easy to do.  You need to force yourself to get into this habit when your child first starts trying to  engage with you.  In the early months ​talking to toddlers​ will be less about their talking and more about  their babbling. They will start to form words at about ​12 months.

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Most not all toddlers can say an average of about 20 words by 18 months. By the  time they turn two​ ​most toddlers​ ​have increased their vocabulary to about 50 words  or more.  It will take a while before your toddler is making any sense meanwhile you’ll need to  force yourself to chat back anyway.  Each time you respond to the noises toddlers make you are encouraging them to make  more.  And of course you’re increasing their exposure to language each time you talk.    2: Give Them Time  Modern life is busy. You might be juggling the demands of​ motherhood​ ​with your  career hobbies and a million other things.  It’s not easy to make the time to slow down but if you can it will be worthwhile.  Quite often as parents we can predict quite easily what our toddlers are about to say.  Rather than give them the time to explain slowly what they want we sometimes find  it’s easier to do the​ ​talking ​for them.

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This isn’t​ ​talking to toddlers​​ it’s talking ​at​ them.  This might be a timesaver but it robs them of the opportunity to practise their  conversational skills.  Try to give your toddlers the time and space to say things for themselves no matter  how painfully slow it might be for you.  3: Ditch The Distractions  Whenever we are engrossed in technology we miss out on social interactions.  Turn off the television or the radio. Put your phone out of reach and really concentrate  on being present with your​ ​toddler​.  No you don’t have to do this all the time.  There is nothing wrong with using your phone or watching a movie.  But try to carve out a little time each day without those distractions.  Unfortunately when our attention is focused elsewhere we miss our toddler’s  invitations to engage.  CLICK HERE TO BUY PRODUCT

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