Words of adults are so important

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child doesn’t cost anything — it’s free.

The gift? Words.

A new study from Stanford University offers the latest evidence that the greater the verbal interaction between a parent and young child, the more the child will ultimately be prepared for school.

A study in the 1990s found that a significant gap between language-rich children and language-poor children appears by at least age three. The new Stanford study says the disparity in children’s vocabulary and verbal understanding can manifest itself even earlier, at 18 months.
( Read the rest of this Omaha World-Herald editorial. )


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