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Don't Love to Read? Try Reminiscing with Your Kids

Don't Love to Read? Try Reminiscing with Your Kids

To boost the quality of a preschooler’s language experience and skills, a new study provides an alternative to shared reading.

Chronic Childhood Ear Infections Delay Language Development

Chronic Childhood Ear Infections Delay Language Development

Ear infections are a common childhood experience, but a new study suggests parents should take these infections seriously to preserve their children’s language development.

The Most Significant Predictor of Writing Ability

The Most Significant Predictor of Writing Ability

Researchers discover the key to closing the achievement gap in English learners' writing abilities.

Research Casts Doubt on This Longtime Academic Practice

Research Casts Doubt on This Longtime Academic Practice

This longtime academic practice has no impact—positive or negative—on reading development for elementary school students.

Why Our Brains Prefer Symbols to Words

Why Our Brains Prefer Symbols to Words

New study dives into our brain’s knack for recalling symbols and logos over their word counterparts.

'Mister Rogers' 2.0? Chatbot Aims to Boost Kids' Positive Self Talk

'Mister Rogers' 2.0? Chatbot Aims to Boost Kids' Positive Self Talk

Researchers aim to create child-centric experiences with a chatbot that provide fun and educational practice opportunities without compromises children’s privacy.

Brain Activity Decoder Can Reveal Stories in People’s Minds

Brain Activity Decoder Can Reveal Stories in People’s Minds

A new artificial intelligence system can translate a person’s brain activity — while listening to a story or silently imagining telling a story — into a continuous stream of text. 

Why Some Children May Be Slower to Learn Words

Why Some Children May Be Slower to Learn Words

New research could help identify children at risk for language delay at an earlier stage so that they can get better support.

What Happens When We Read? Decoding the Brain's Dual Networks

What Happens When We Read? Decoding the Brain's Dual Networks

New research reveals how two adjacent brain networks collaborate to make sense of what we read.  

Can Children Map Read at the Age of Four?

Can Children Map Read at the Age of Four?

Children start to develop the basic skills that underlie map reading from the age of four – according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

Talk With Your Hands? You Might Think With Them Too!

Talk With Your Hands? You Might Think With Them Too!

When we learn, we use movement practice to embed movement patterns into our muscle memory.

Why Are Language Delays More Common in Boys?

Why Are Language Delays More Common in Boys?

Caregivers talk more to toddlers after they say their first word, which suggests that children actively influence their own language development.