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Talk, Sing Or Read To Your Infant: You Too Dad

November 5, 20149 min
Research has shown the importance of reading, talking and singing in infant and toddler language development, and a new study examines the role of gender in these parent-child conversations.Recent studies examines how mothers and fathers converse with their infants. Research has shown the importance of reading, talking and singing in infant and toddler language development, and a new study examines the role of gender in these parent-child conversations.The study, “Gender Differences in Adult-Infant Communication in the First Months of Life,” published in the December 2014 Pediatrics (published online Nov. 3), analyzed audio recordings taken at three points in time after the birth of 33 late preterm and term infants. Researchers found infants from birth through age 7 months were exposed to significantly more speech from mothers compared to fathers, and that infants preferentially responded to mothers’ compared to fathers’ speech.Studies conclude both mothers and fathers should be informed about the important benefits of parent talk for their child’s language development.Listen in as Betty R. Vohr, MD and Melanie Cole, MS discuss the importance of communication during those early development stages.

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