Toys May Shape Language Development12/10/10
FRIDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers who play with
different-shaped objects learn new words twice as fast as those who
play with objects that have similar shapes, a new study finds.
University of Iowa researchers worked with 16 children who were
18 months old and knew about 17 object names at the start of the
study. Some children were taught the names of objects by playing
with toys that were nearly identical, while others played with toys
that were significantly different.
One month after this training, the children who played with
diverse objects were learning an average of nearly 10 new words per
week, compared with four words for the other children. Learning
four words per week is typical for children that age who haven't
received any special training.
Further research is needed to pinpoint why the children who
played with diverse objects learned new words more quickly, said
The study appears in the December issue of
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