There has long been a debate on what activities/things improve children intelligence. A common belief is that some babies are born with ingrained intelligence which makes them intrinsically smart. Others believe that imparting learning is one other viable way of increasing children IQ.
You might have at a certain point heard about the study on 30 million words gap. The research findings revealed that underprivileged children living in poverty are likely to be deprived of 30 million extra words which are learned by their rich counterpart peers. That’s simply because the parents of the latter are well-educated and able to converse in better vocabulary.
While it is obvious that the number of words a child hears from his/her parents is likely to increase vocabulary. There is, however, something more important to consider his well. Alongside better verbal skills, a new study shows children to benefit from enhanced non-verbal skills as well including reasoning.
What did the study suggest?
The study was conducted by scientists associated with the University of York. For their purposes, the scientists simulated an audio recording exercise that imitated parents talking to the children. The number of children who participated was set around 110 and the research spanned over a year.
During this time, any changes that the participants may exhibit were documented including cognitive abilities, verbal skills, and intelligence.
The study concluded and the findings showed that it is important for parents to converse with their children more. Not just because it has a positive impact on the child’s vocabulary but also it leads to improvement in linguistic development, reasoning, and understanding of complicated concepts.
At the same time, scientists put forward the claim that the quality of speech also has a substantial role to play. For example, children who were exposed to lexical diversity and a wide literature of words performed cognitively better.
Why you should be talking to your children more?
The research findings coming from the University of York have been validated by a number of child-psychologists. Most feel that the identified relationship between enhanced cognitive ability and quality of speech is fairly accurate.
When a child is in the phase of growing up, the surrounding has a paramount effect on development. An environment that is characterized by an emphasis on learning and more one-to-one conversation with the children is considered healthy. Parents are considered to be ideals for the child and he/she will try imitating whatever the mother or the father does. That being said, growing in a learning-friendly environment will allow children to develop an improved understanding of language and the world around.
Additionally, as mentioned earlier there is another important factor to consider i.e. quality of speech. A conversation with a rough tone and harsh words are likely to negatively impact the child’s cognitive ability. Thereby, it is vital that parents should be selective in the words they use with the children.
All of that being argued, a strong focus on positive interactions benefits both cognitive betterment and behavioral traits. A nurturing, learning-based and non-abusive parent-child relationship is likely to yield plentiful benefits as shown by the study.