Speaking with long sentences to children favors the development of their language

It seems easy because in his present every adult dominates the language. Both written and spoken, communication is a skill that comes out naturally, but for the little ones in the house it is a very difficult learning. It is up to parents to start this teaching that often begins with the pronunciation of simple words such as "mom" or "dad".

But a Stanford University study suggests parents encourage themselves to recite longer sentences to children in order to encourage the development of their language. In this way, the child's brain establishes networks between different concepts that will favor learning and language proficiency.


Context learning

This study counted on the presence 32 families of which 8 were invited to have conversations with their babies. In one year the researchers analyzed the children's response to certain words, something they repeated on the children's second birthday. In the case of households where parents spoke with their young children using longer sentences, the minors were better at dominating the language.

These children responded better to these words, which indicated that his brain had internalized these messages. In addition, the researchers found that the youngest children had learned to recognize the context of certain words thanks to the use of these words in longer sentences.


For example, instead of saying to the little ones "this is an orange", you can say "this is an orange, it's a fruit like banana or grapes". In this way children's brains begin to understand the concept of "fruit" and that it is a family of terms to which they belong various.

Erika Hoff, professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University, sums it up in the following way: "Children can listen to many conversations that even if they do not understand the meaning of all their terms, they find benefits in them. "For this reason they are encouraged to have conversations with the babies, although there is no response from them.

Tips for talking with babies

Those responsible for this research suggest the following tips to help language development in babies:


- Do not be ashamed to talk to the baby no matter how small they are. The brains of the little ones absorb information long before they can respond to these stimuli.

- The sharp tone manages to catch the attention of babies.

- Do not just label concepts around "families", returning to the example of fruits: "the orange is a round fruit, the banana is longer, both are sweet".

- The sentences must be said by the parents. Nothing to confront television to the little ones, personal interaction has proved to be very important.

Damián Montero

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