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Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School

<a href="/articles/talking-to-infants-gives-them-a-headstart-on-school">Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School</a>

Stanford researchers have shown that children whose parents engage them in frequent conversation get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school. Anne Fernald and colleagues at Stanford University conducted experiments that revealed parents who talk to their infant more are improving their child’s language processing skills, which in turn, helps them to learn vocabulary. Exposure to ‘child-directed speech’ – different to overheard speech – appears to sharpen an infant’s ability to process spoken language, critical to language development. Read full article

Let's Read - The Australian Government's Call to Families of Young Children

<a href="/articles/lets-read-the-australian-governments-call-to-families-of-young-children">Let&#039;s Read - The Australian Government&#039;s Call to Families of Young Children</a>

A National Early Literacy Campaign launched this week in Australia aims to see all Australian children gain the foundation skills for language, literacy, and ultimately, learning success. Let’s Read is an Australian Government initiative developed by Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health, to be implemented by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family. The campaign delivers this important message - reading with children aged 0-5years is probably the single-most important activity parents can do with their children to enhance their child’s future ability to read and write. Read full article

From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/04/05/from-toddler-to-big-boy-the-great-testosterone-surge">From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge</a>

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full article