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Department
Psychology and Social Behavior
Course
PSY BEH 192V
Professor
Paul Howland
Semester
Spring

Description
APRIL 10 2013 325 PMThePowerofTalkingtoYourBabyBy TINA ROSENBERGBythetimeapoorchildis1yearoldshehasmostlikelyalreadyfallenbehindmiddleclasschildreninherabilitytotalkunderstandandlearnThegapbetweenpoorchildrenandwealthieroneswidenseachyearandbyhighschoolithasbecomeachasmAmericanattemptstoclosethisgapinschoolshavelargelyfailedandaconsensusisstartingtobuildthattheseattemptsmuststartlongbeforeschoolbeforepreschoolperhapsevenbeforebirthThereisnoconsensushoweveraboutwhatformtheseattemptsshouldtakebecausethereisnoconsensusabouttheproblemitselfWhatisitaboutpovertythatlimitsachildsabilitytolearnResearchershaveansweredthequestionindifferentwaysIsitexposuretoleadCharacterissueslikealackofselfcontrolorfailuretothinkoffutureconsequencesTheeffectsofhighlevelsofstresshormonesThelackofacultureofreadingAnotherideahoweveriscreepingintothepolicydebatethatthekeytoearlylearningistalkingspecificallyachildsexposuretolanguagespokenbyparentsandcaretakersfrombirthtoage3themorethebetterItturnsoutevidenceisshowingthatthemuchridiculedstreamofparenttochildbabytalkFeelTeddysnoseItssosoftCarsmakenoiselooktheresayellowoneBabyfeelshungryNowMommyisopeningtherefrigeratorisveryveryimportantSoputthosesmartphonesawayTheideahasbeensuccessfullyputintopracticeafewtimesonasmallscalebutitisabouttogetitsfirstlargescaletestinProvidenceRIwhichlastmonthwonthe5milliongrandprizeinBloombergPhilanthropiesMayorsChallengebeating300othercitiesforbestnewideaInProvidenceonlyoneinthreechildrenenterschoolreadyforkindergartenreadingThecityalreadyhasanetworkofsuccessfulprogramsinwhichnursesmentorstherapistsandsocialworkersregularlyvisitpregnantwomennewparentsandchildrenintheirhomesprovidingmedicalattentionandadvicetherapycounselingandotherservicesNowProvidencewilltrainthesehomevisitorstoaddanewservicecreatingfamilyconversationTheProvidenceTalksprogramwillbebasedonresearchbyBettyHartandToddRRisleyattheUniversityofKansaswhoin1995publishedabookMeaningful
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