To Baby Brains, Language is Language, Whether Signed or Spoken
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Baby brains are hungry for language. New parents are urged to talk to their babies to help their minds develop properly. Now, a group of UConn researchers have shown that “talking” doesn’t just mean speech—sign language exposure is equally as nourishing.
“We find early exposure to language, whether signed or spoken, supports the development of typical cognitive skills,” says Corina Goodwin, a psycholinguist at UConn. The finding, reported online on October 11 in Child Development, may seem obvious to most people but has been contentiously debated in the scientific community.
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