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Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development

A recent study  published in JAMA Pediatrics found that electronic toys advertised as language learning boosters, are not as effective in child’s language development as more traditional toys.

This could be because parents themselves are less likely to speak and interact with their babies but allow the machines to do most of the speaking.

So, better leave those baby laptops, baby cellphones, and talking farms behind and let blocks, puzzles and books aid children and parents in creating magical play and learning new words.

“When you put the gadgets and gizmos in, the parents stop talking,” said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University who was not involved in the new study, but who has found similar effects with e-books and electronic shape-sorters. “What you get is more behavioral regulation stuff, like ‘don’t touch that’ or ‘do this,’ or nothing because the books and toys take it over for you.” Read more.

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