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How do all the people a child interacts with influence her language development?

How do all the people a child interacts with influence her language development?

The scientific sources of our comic: Havron, N., Ramus, F., Heude, B., Forhan, A., Cristia, A., Peyre, H., & EDEN Mother-Child Cohort Study Group. (2019). The effect of older siblings on language development as a function of age difference and sex. Psychological Science, 30(9), 1333-1343…

What are the most important sources of language for a child?

What are the most important sources of language for a child?

Even very early in life, a child may hear or see language from many different people. They may go to nursery school or kindergarten and interact with educators or fellow peers. They may spend time with grandparents. They may have older siblings who play with…

How does caregiver codeswitching (or mixing languages) affect a child’s language development?

How does caregiver codeswitching (or mixing languages) affect a child’s language development?

At first glance, codeswitching can appear to be a difficult way to learn languages. Instead of learning each language neatly, in isolation, children have to make sense of two languages intertwined. This may be just an impression however. Codeswitching can help a child strengthen skills…

Is it ok to mix languages when I speak to a child?

Is it ok to mix languages when I speak to a child?

Caregivers who speak two (or more) languages may use a mix of languages in some conversations. Switching between languages is, pretty straightforwardly, called ‘Codeswitching’. Codeswitching can be used between sentences, where one sentence is in one language, and the next in another language. For example,…

Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

We adjust our speech from moment to moment, depending on the situation. Imagine  introducing yourself at an interview versus presenting yourself to friends-of-friends at a party. The way we speak to babies, also, varies a lot from place to place, and even on the baby…

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

The way caregivers talk to babies can be quite peculiar. They may change the sounds of language, exaggerating intonations or raising the pitch of their voice (like after breathing in helium from a balloon). Or they may change the words they use, like saying ‘kitty’…

How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

Screen activities can be catchy, often presenting content in a way that can pique the attention of a child. For example, children can become passionate about activities or topics that they would initially find boring in other settings. Complementing on screen with off screen learning…

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

When it comes to toys, games, or apps for children, education is a big seller. Yet, there is very little oversight as to what gets categorized as ‘educational’. We expect a product that is educational to have passed stringent scientific testing, but something you find…

How do I foster literacy skills while reading to a Deaf child?

How do I foster literacy skills while reading to a Deaf child?

Reading to a child is a great way to set the foundations for future literacy in a fun way! For example, it can be an opportunity to connect written language with signed or oral language. When reading to a Deaf child, it is important to…

How do I read to a Deaf child?

How do I read to a Deaf child?

Reading storybooks to a child is a great way to build vocabulary. Our everyday conversations are often about the same activities, toys, and environments. Books open the window to the kinds of things we do not see in our backyards, like tigers and spaceships. And…