"...frequent chatting with toddlers accounted for up to 27 per cent of their higher performance in verbal comprehension a decade later,..."
Taking turns in conversation stimulates verbal comprehension, especially for 18- to 24-month old toddlers.
A study published this week in Pediatrics found that toddlers with parents who spend lots of time listening and chatting with them are more likely to have better language skills and higher IQs a decade later...
Thanks for sharing that important finding!
The study's author Jill Gilkerson put it succinctly:
"If you knew that children who were fed a certain nutritional diet at age two were not only far healthier as toddlers, but much more likely to be in a healthy weight range at age 12, you'd want to pursue those findings, wouldn't you? Conversational turns are that diet, that nutrition, for the brain."