Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Baby talk

And another thing... parents trying to boost baby's language with DVDs might be better not bothering as new research shows. However, there is little understanding of why this might be. I think a baby/tot can tell when those speaking with them are actively listening and seeking a response (ie for the baby to speak, repeat words, etc.). A flat screen with images speaking are clearly not interactive and thus don't encourage participation by the child. Whereas when speaking with actual human beings, there is a response, a facial reaction, a raised eyebrow seeking an answer, etc. There are reinforcing events that ensure the child is engage in the speaking activity. The DVDs do not provide this.

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