Why Talk More

Why We Connect, Talk More, and Take Turns

shutterstock_141706714Research showed that children who had parents who talked with them often heard 30,000,000 more words by age three. These children had higher vocabularies and achieved more success in school. [Thirty Million Words Project] [The Early Catastrophe]

A landmark study concluded that vocabulary use at 3 years old was predictive of language skills at age nine and ten. [Zero to Three, Talk to Me Baby!] [The Early Catastrophe]

Vocabulary use in first grade can predict more than 30 percent of eleventh-grade reading comprehension. [Child Trends Databank]

shutterstock_134614223There is a difference among families in the amount of child-directed conversation that toddlers hear from adults over the course of a day. By 2 years of age, there is a six-month language skills and vocabulary gap between infants who are spoken with often and those who are not. [Stanford News, Language Gap] [Stanford News, Talking Directly to Toddlers]

Research at Stanford University and at University of Chicago show that parents ¬†boost their children’s vocabulary development and language skills with frequently talking back and forth.¬† Parents connect by noticing what the child is looking at and then talking about it. That can create a sort of “serve and return” conversation between parent and child.

Dr. Dana Suskind, NBC Education Nation