Early Child Development Research Supports Sing, Talk and Read Program

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Early Child Development Research Supports Sing, Talk and Read Program

Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking. In an article posted on Reuters Health, researchers are beginning to understand how babies do it.

A research team led by Dr. Elika Bergelson from Duke University studied if 6-month olds were connecting the words they heard to the things around them and if they were learning how different words related to each other. While the researchers found that more work is needed to understand how vocabulary development proceeds, their work shows that talking with babies about what they see may help with early language development. 

The Library's Sing Talk and Read Program targets parents and caregivers of children from birth through 5 years of age and emphasizes the importance of weaving singing, talking and reading into daily activities with young children. Previous child development research showed that conversations, gestures and interactions between parents/caregivers and children from birth builds a foundation for learning. That information was used to develop tips for parents and caregivers, including talking to a baby while fixing dinner, singing while changing a diaper and reading at bedtime.

To read the story or Reuters Health, click here

To learn more about the Sing, Talk and Read program, click here