Scientists Reveal Early Behaviors That Best Predict Child’s Language Ability
[Source: Medical X-Press]
How often babies babble while making eye contact is the best predictor of how many words they will use as a toddler, a new study by the University of Sheffield has found.
Announced at the British Science Festival, the research found that the frequency with which 11-12 month olds vocalized whilst looking at their caregivers’ face was a valuable predictor of their later vocabulary and suggested they were deliberately trying to communicate.
The research also looked at how caregivers respond to these early infant vocalizations, gestures and gazes, with experts testing which combination of actions best predict a child’s language development.
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