England: reading with pre-schoolers is linked to language boost

08 March 2019

Parents who read regularly with their small children can give them an eight-month language skill advantage, researchers have found.

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The team of experts found that receptive language skills – the ability to understand information – get a big boost when pre-school youngsters read with someone who cares for them.

Professor James Law, who led the study – published in Environment International – said: ‘Eight months is a big difference in language skills when you are looking at children aged under five.’

He added: ‘For this reason, it should be promoted through health visitors and other public health professionals as this simple act has the potential to make a real difference.’

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