By Stell Simonton – excerpted from Youth Today | July 18, 2016
Every young life starts out with promise, and the adults who love a child yearn for that child to have a bright future.
But what if a simple barrier at an early age sets a child up for failure?
Difficulty in reading is such a barrier between a grade-level reading problem and, ...
Reading aloud — from a book — can help close the health equity gap
US News & World Report
By Dr. John Hutton March 30, 2016
The image was riveting. Like an X on a treasure map, the orange-yellow spot on a series of MRI frames marked an area in the brain that was brimming with activity. We were witnessing the physiological impact of greater reading exposure in the brains of preschool children.
This spot, located in the left hemisphere, supports language and imagery. For ...
Study finds such youngsters more likely to be held back, or even expelled by fourth grade
WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests.
“In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it’s painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless,” study author Deborah ...
SundayReview – The New York Times
By KATHERINE KINZLER MARCH 11, 2016
BEING bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally demanding activities.
Now, two new studies demonstrate that multilingual exposure improves not ...