Having back-and-forth conversations with toddlers is linked to higher IQ scores and language skills later in life, a new study says. The study stresses the importance of giving toddlers the chance to respond, even if they aren’t forming real words yet.
The group of researchers used turn-taking conversations, meaning parents and toddlers engaged in back-and-forth talk, with kids 18 to 24 months old to see how it affected IQ and language skills 10 years later. The results suggest a language experience during this age window may predict later development.
The study audiotaped parents and children for 12 hours daily, and…
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