Psychologist shows why talking to kids really matters — ScienceDaily

significant differences in both vocabulary and real-time language processing efficiency were already evident at age 18 months

By age 24 months, there was a six-month gap … in processing skills critical to language development.

Infants who heard more child-directed speech developed greater efficiency in language processing and learned new words more quickly. The results indicate that exposure to child-directed speech — as opposed to overheard speech — sharpens infants’ language processing skills, with cascading benefits for vocabulary learning.

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