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Thirty Million Words - Building a Child's Brain

Dana Suskind

*Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award* The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important-and astoundingly simple-thing you can do for your child's future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice. The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Word Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: Tune in to what your child is doing; Talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words; and Take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, "Put your shoes on," one might say instead, "It is time to go out. What do we have to do?" The lab's new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain

*Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award* The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important-and astoundingly simple-thing you can do for your child's future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice. The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Word Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: Tune in to what your child is doing; Talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words; and Take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, "Put your shoes on," one might say instead, "It is time to go out. What do we have to do?" The lab's new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain
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*Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award* The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important-and astoundingly simple-thing you can do for your child's future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice. The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Word Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: Tune in to what your child is doing; Talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words; and Take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, "Put your shoes on," one might say instead, "It is time to go out. What do we have to do?" The lab's new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathleen McInerney

Length:

8h 6m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:50


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:01


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:42


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:57


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:00


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:32


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:04


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:28


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:02


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:38


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:19


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:56


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:09


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:00


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:22


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:22


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:14


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:02


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:38