Nonverbal cues while speaking help boost children's vocabulary

06/24/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Better use of nonverbal cues while talking to toddlers aged 14 to 18 months was linked to improved vocabulary at age 4.5 years, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the amount of parental talking varied depending on socioeconomic status, researchers said there were no differences in the use of nonverbal cues, indicating that speech quality is an "individual matter."

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