Language Development



South African Study Finds Link Between Low Language Ability and Poor Mental Health

Researchers studied language ability and outcomes for 200 13-year-olds in Khayelitsha, a semi-urban, impoverished township outside Cape Town. The study found clear evidence for a link between low language ability and depression in young people.

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Research: What’s the Best Way to Teach Children a Second Language?

People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. But is it really true that children soak up language like sponges?

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Five Ways to Help Your Child’s Language Development

Language development is essential for reading and communication skills later in life. Parents are the main influencers of language in early childhood. This article shares five ways for parents to boost their child’s language development every day.

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Babies’ First Words Can Be Predicted Based on Visual Attention

Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby's most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning.

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Talk Your Baby Clever

Language development is one of the key milestones during early childhood development. A significant part of a child’s social and intellectual development hinges on reaching this milestone. Children who experience a lack of language capabilities may become withdrawn, and this may lead to isolation. Another consequence is the possibility of learning difficulties, ultimately resulting in weak academic performance...

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Overcoming a Language and Reading Problem

Language plays a vital role in reading. Its role in reading can be compared to the role of running in the game of soccer. One cannot play soccer if one cannot run. One cannot read a book in a language unless one knows that particular language.

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Is Pretend Play Overrated for Child Development?

Welcome to the wonderful world of pretend play, where a cardboard tube is a telescope and the space under the dining room table is a cave. Pretend play, also called make-believe play and imaginary play, has been regarded as crucial to children’s healthy development. The benefits, apparently, are many.

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Secret Of Newborn’s First Words Revealed

A new study could explain why "daddy" and "mommy" are often a baby's first words — the human brain may be hard-wired to recognise certain repetition patterns.

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Talk Your Child Clever

There is little doubt that language acquisition is one of the key milestones in early childhood development. Much of a child's future social and intellectual development hinges on this milestone. A language delay can lead to isolation and withdrawal, and to learning difficulties and poor academic performance.

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