Tala Ko

Richer kids, richer vocabularies; catch up by gesturing to baby

Posted on: Friday, 13 February 2009

clipped from www.time.com
children’s socioeconomic status tends to correlate with their language facility. The better off and more educated a child’s parents are, the more verbal that child tends to be by school age — and vocabulary skill is a key predictor for success in school. Children from low-income families, who may often start school knowing significantly fewer words than their better-off peers, will struggle for years to make up that ground.
wealthier, educated parents talk to their young children more, using more complex vocabulary and syntax, than parents of lesser means
High-income, better-educated parents gestured more frequently
14-month-olds from well-off families used an average of 24 meaningfully different gestures, researchers found, while children from lower-income families used an average of just 13
study shows only an association, not a causation, among socioeconomic status, gestures and vocabulary ability
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