Preterm Babies' Language Skills Better When Exposed to Adult Speech
[Source: Medical News Today]
The linguistic benefits of talking to babies has been well documented, as their brains rapidly develop, allowing them to make millions of new connections. Now, researchers looking at the effects of adult speech on preterm infants have found that increased adult speech during the early weeks of life is associated with better cognitive scores later.
Results of the study are published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The study authors note that older children exposed to little amounts of adult speech are at risk for delays in language development, but it had not yet been established whether the same was true for preterm babies.
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a division of the US Department of Health & Human Services, connections in the brain – called synapses – develop at a swift rate in a child’s early years.
Read the Rest of this Article on Medical News Today
PediaStaff is Hiring!All Jobs
PediaStaff hires pediatric and school-based professionals nationwide for contract assignments of 2 to 12 months. We also help clinics, hospitals, schools, and home health agencies to find and hire these professionals directly. We work with Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, School Psychologists, and others in pediatric therapy and education.