Young children often enjoy learning first, simple words. Parents are kid’s first teachers and they play the most important role in helping kids to learn. Should parents encourage toddlers to learn simple words?
The researchers, led by Dr Leslie Rescorla, a psychologist at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, had asked parents to complete a checklist of words their kids spoke at the age of two and followed their progress for 15 years. They found that two-year-olds typically uttered between 70 and 225 different words, but late talkers only spoke around 50 words or fewer. Some of the earliest words all kids picked up included „cat”, „dog”, „car”, „shoe” and „no”. They also found that while most caught up enough to have average language skills, they lagged behind a control group of peers at every stage of their development. The children were tested on vocabulary, grammar, verbal memory and reading ability.
„The children recovered from their language delay at a varying rate. By four years old, more of them were in the average range, and by the time they were at school, most were performing in the average range. The not-so-good news was that after the age of 17, the children performed significantly less well on all language measures relative to a comparison group from same background,” Dr Leslie Rescorla said.
Resource: The Guardian