Monthly Archives: February 2018

Talk & Listen

February 23,2018

You may have heard that the number of words a child hears in the early years is very important for brain development (the more, the better).

But new research indicates that what is even more important than the number of words heard is meaningful, back-and-forth conversation.  A recent article in MIT News describes new research that confirms the importance of conversing with a child. A senior author of the study, John Gabrieli, said, “It’s almost magical how parental conversation appears to influence the biological growth of the brain.”

So listen to your children, ask questions, and explain what is happening in the world around them. Engage them in conversation about topics they are interested in or curious about. You’ll be helping to build their brains— and you’ll be building your relationship with your children.