Professor: Speak more slowly to help children understand

08/22/2008 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If teachers would only talk more slowly, fewer children would be diagnosed with learning disabilities, behavior problems and hearing disorders, says Wichita State audiology professor Ray Hull. The average adult speaks about 170 words in a minute, he says, but most 5- to 7-year-olds can only catch 120, while high-school students process about 140 to 145.

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