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The Importance of Conversation in Early Childhood Development

Recent brain research has shown how neurological connections happen when children engage in extended, meaningful conversations – back and forth exchanges where one person’s response is contingent on what the other has to say. Lilian Katz

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Conversation in Early Childhood Development

  1. I came across an article online by Dr. Ann Mastergeorge, which gave an example of the importance of conversation: parents learn the importance of rolling a ball back and forth while using the language that describes what is happening: “My turn, your turn.” These types of lessons are in essence, science-in-action: parents talking to their infant or toddler and engaging in play activities that is also promoting their young child’s language and brain development.

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    • I agree with you. The interaction between teacher, mom, dad, etc. and child is priceless. It is important to combine imaginary stimuli with real life stimuli to get the brain going. It does not seem to matter to the child if it is real or make believe. I like your examples of “my turn, your turn.

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