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Telling Stories Using Rhythmic Gesture Helps Children Improve Oral Skills

Telling Stories Using Rhythmic Gesture Helps Children Improve Oral Skills

For the first time it has been shown that a brief training session with rhythmic gestures has immediate benefits for narrative discourse in children of 5 and 6 years of age.

Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

New research suggests enrichment programs help children solidify the information they have added to their wall of knowledge and may help prevent summer slide.

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child’s learning can - for children who were easy babies - minimize behavioral problems during toddlerhood.

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Chatty Kids Do Better At School, New Study Shows

Young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced, a new study suggests.

Researchers Gather Most Promising Interventions Addressing 'Word Gap'

Researchers Gather Most Promising Interventions Addressing 'Word Gap'

Researchers bring together 18 language-intervention research and empirical studies that address the word gap, the inequities in early experience with language that can place some children at a disadvantage. 

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, water aerobics or cycling can have the most beneficial effect on memory performance.

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

Mother Nature: Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children’s Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children’s play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children’s physical, social and emotional development.

A Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants’ Move­ment and De­vel­op­ment

A Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants’ Move­ment and De­vel­op­ment

A new innovation makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children’s spontaneous movement in the natural environment.

When It's Story Time, Animated Books Are Better for Learning

When It's Story Time, Animated Books Are Better for Learning

Digital storybooks that animate upon a child's vocalization offer beneficial learning opportunities, especially for children with less developed attention regulation.

Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues

Deaf infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues

Researchers find that Deaf infants of Deaf parents demonstrate strong gaze-following behavior, which establishes a social connection between parent and child.

The Power of Parents

The Power of Parents

A study on the impact of parents’ inclusion in their young children’s interventions found that parents can play a crucial role in their toddlers’ development. 

Learning Language: New Insights on Basic Sounds

Learning Language: New Insights on Basic Sounds

Surprising results from a study focusing on the roles of the brain’s left and right hemispheres in language acquisition.