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Repeating Words to Infants Improves Language Development

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Are there intuitive parenting speech and language patterns that are scientifically proven to be effective in language development?
Air Date: 9/16/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Rochelle Newman, Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)
newmanProessor Rochelle Newman is Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) at the University of Maryland (UMD), and also serves as Associate Director of the Maryland Language Science Center. Professor Newman helped found the UMD Infant & Child Studies Consortium and the University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium. Previously, she was the Director of Graduate Studies for both HESP and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

She also is a member of the Center for the Comparative & Evolutionary Biology of Hearing. In 2013, Professor Newman was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Advisor award from UMD's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on speech perception and language acquisition. More specifically, she is interested in how the brain recognizes words from fluent speech, especially in the context of noise, and how this ability changes with development.
Repeating Words to Infants Improves Language Development
There has been a lot of focus on the impact of talking to your child from a very early age. But, how you talk to your child might matter even more.

New research from the University of Maryland and Harvard University suggests that young infants benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents.

With this knowledge, parents may make conscious communication choices that could pay off in their babies' toddler years—and beyond. In fact, researchers found that parents who repeat words more often to their infants improve their language skills within a year and half later.

Chair of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP), Rochelle Newman, shares how repeating words to your infant can improve language development.

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