How talking to children can help them reach their full potential

South China Morning Post – Heidi Stevens

“Maybe you’ve seen those videos of children hearing for the first time, breaking into spontaneous, joyful grins, usually at the sound of their mother’s voice…Dana Suskind makes those moments happen. As a cochlear implant surgeon at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, she gives children the gift of sound…But surgery is only the first step toward seizing that new world…She discovered, through months of child development research and visits with her patients, that the differences all came down to parent talk. Children whose parents or primary caretaker spoke to them, sang to them, read to them, asked them frequent questions latched onto language and soared.”

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