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Parents Are Not To Be Blamed

Parents Are Not To Be Blamed
What's the largest study that looked at children's late language development showed? It showed that parents are not to be blamed for the late language development of children. It is not because the parents are not talking to the toddlers that they are not developing the language skills.

This world's largest study has examined speech development of 1766 children in Western Australia from infancy to seven years of age, with particular focus on environmental, neuro-developmental and genetic risk factors. It is the first study to look at predictors of late language.

Chief Investigator Professor Mabel Rice said the research found that about 13 per cent of children at two years of age were late talkers.

This problem affects boys were three times higher compared to girls. While a child with siblings was at double the risk, as were children with a family history of late talkers.

Mother's education, income, parenting style or mental health had no significant impact on a child's likelihood of being a late talker. The researchers say that their findings debunked common myths about why children are late talkers.

"Some people have wrongly believed that delayed language development could be due to a child not being spoken to enough or because of some other inadequacy in the family environment," Associate Professor Taylor said.

"This is clearly not the case and I hope these findings will reassure many parents that delayed language is not a reflection on their parenting or the child's intelligence."

"What we also know from this study is that most children who are late talkers do in fact fall into the normal range of language development by the time they are seven years old."

Researchers say that it is important that children who are delayed in their language development by 2 years of age should receive professional attention and should be evaluated by a speech pathologist and have their hearing checked.

A child who 24 months of age, usually have a vocabulary of around 50 words and have begun combining those words in two or three word sentences.

Researchers are now seeking a second stage of the research is now looking at language development in twins.




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What's the largest study that looked at children's late language development showed? It showed that parents are not to be blamed for the late language development of children. It is not because the parents are not talking to the toddlers that they are not developing the language skills.

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