Must Read: Study listens in on speech development in early childhood

The Medical Xpress website has taken a look at a new research study that looks at toddler language development. The study has interesting implications for NQF services, with results suggesting that children’s cognitive development at 2 far exceeds their language skills. Here’s an excerpt:

“This is an age where kids are producing substantial vocabulary, but their pronunciations are quite distinct from the adult form,” [Elizabeth Johnson] adds. “Their perception and comprehension far exceeds their production of speech.”

Her conclusion: “Children understand so much more than you think they do, and they know so much more about the sound structure of words than they let on by the way they speak. They understand you better than they understand themselves.”

You can read the full article here.

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