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Early multilingualism builds stronger learning skills

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Learning an additional language, especially in early childhood, improves certain brain functions besides language, including overall learning abilities.  Tell Me More The old myths that bilingual children are somehow more intelligent than other monolingual counterparts, or that early bilingualism causes speech delays, are simply unproven.  Speaking two or more languages doesn’t increase general intelligence measures,

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PC’s and Preschoolers

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Carefully collected observations indicate that judicious computer use may offer gains for children over three years of age. Tell Me More Many researchers recommend against exposing children under three years old to computers. Computers simply do not match children’s learning style at this age, where learning occurs predominantly through the eyes, ears, mouths, hands, and

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Good sleep behaviors linked to cognitive benefits

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

During sleep, our brains, especially those of babies and young children, aren’t actually resting – in fact, quite the opposite: the brain continues to be extremely active, laying down pathways and forging new connections while you slumber. Tell Me More It’s no big surprise that adequate rest is an important component of child development. One

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Home language environment is the biggest determinant of future language skills

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

No matter how much time children spend in daycare or preschool, research clearly shows that the home environment exerts the most influence on language development. Tell Me More Depending on the home environment, there may be significant differences in the number of words and quality of speech that a child hears. These differences can have

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Most parents and caregivers unknowingly underestimate a child’s language skills

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / June 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Children’s word comprehension develops far faster than speaking ability – even from the first month’s children are capable of understanding far more than we realize Tell Me More It’s no surprise that speaking to babies from their very first days supports and stimulates early language development. Thanks to recent research, we now know just how

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Talkative toddler, master of math?

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / June 21, 2019 / 1 Comment

Strong early verbal skills have been linked to greater conceptual understanding of mathematics. Tell Me More By now, the advice to speak to your children as much as possible from even the earliest days has reached most parents. However, much less known is that vocabulary size during the preschool years, influenced heavily by parents, is

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Sleep routines mean more sleep for everyone

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / June 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Reinforcing sleep routines means your child goes to sleep earlier and sleeps longer. Tell Me More Many parents swear by bedtime routines, and scientific evidence supports this: children who have both a regular bedtime and a bedtime routine fall asleep faster and sleep, on average, longer than children who do not. This fact holds true

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Imaginary friends can be good to have

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / June 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Imaginary friends tend to reflect strong cognitive, social, and emotional skills in young children, rather than being a cause for concern. Tell Me More Creating a fantasy friend requires a child to do a lot of mental work – they create something to see and feel out of thin air, right inside their own head.

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Quality of early care linked to outcome

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / May 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

High-quality care before entering school has a significant impact on long-term outcomes. Tell Me More While there’s no evidence that anyone specific preschool program is better than another, substantial evidence underscores the fact that high-quality care leads to both short and long-term advantages to your child. The quality of care is not only reflected in

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The development of empathy

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / May 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

Tiny cells in the brain that act like internal mirrors give us the capacity to copy actions and behaviors as well as feel or empathize with other people’s emotions. Tell Me More When I reach for something or feel something, my brain is activated. When I see you reach for something or feel something, my

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