Singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ kind of songs to babies has proven to be a key factor in early language learning. This approach, known as rhythmic speech, similar to nursery rhymes, was researched by scientists from the University of Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin.
Scientists used a special cap with sensors on the babies’ heads to measure and track their brainwaves while playing nursery rhymes. This helps them better understand how infants process speech sounds.
Above 7 Months Old!
The study found that babies don’t process individual speech sounds until they are over 7 months old.
“Our research shows that the individual sounds of speech are not processed reliably until around seven months, even though most infants can recognize familiar words like ‘bottle’ by this point,” said study co-author Usha Goswami, a professor at the University of Cambridge. “From then, individual speech sounds are still added very slowly – too slowly to form the basis of language.”
Pivotal Findings of the Study Show
Language outcomes, such as vocabulary development and sentence comprehension, are predicted by these processes.
Rhythmic speech is dominant in many languages across the globe, signifying its potential as a universal foundation for language learning.
A Study for ALL Babies
This research opens new avenues for language learning and support in language development for infants and young children. Additionally, it has staggering and crucial implications for understanding language development in individuals with language disorders, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
The research offers potential benefits for children with dyspraxia, such as sensory integration, aiding those who struggle with sensory processing difficulties to improve coordination and control over their speech muscles. It also reduces stress, allowing better focus on language tasks and lessening the anxiety associated with speaking.
Not forgetting its long-term effects, especially in terms of social interaction—how it helps in building social skills and confidence in communicating with others.
One notable point is that the approach to dyspraxia may vary depending on the child’s needs and the severity of their condition.
Rewriting the ‘How-To’ of Infant Language Learning Nowadays Is a Must
There are infinite options of repetitive lyrics songs available on YouTube. There is no excuse not to uplevel your knowledge and widen it. The study is in your hands, ‘parents’, encouraging a fresh perspective on nurturing your child’s language skills.”
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