Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue No. 67 December 2016
Baby FaceTime: Can Toddlers Learn From Online Video Chat?
This recent study highlights that there is a great difference between putting a baby in front of a television and having an interactive exchange via video chat. In a recent study, researchers found that children paid attention and responded to their on-screen partners, but only children who experienced interactive video chat responded in sync with the partner, such as clapping to imitate after the partner had clapped.
American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations
Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help reduce those numbers. They recommend supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include breastfeeding, avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs, routine immunization, and the use of a pacifier. The recommendations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement.
Infants and Toddlers: A Video Collection
Featuring a collection of 200 short video clips, this site will provide users with a perfect window into the world of infants and toddlers and their daily experiences in child care. As well, users will see the wide range of tasks and roles that early childhood professionals take on each day. Finally, many of the clips highlight the importance of the partnerships that form between parents and the educators who care for their young children. Clips may be searched by criteria (e.g., developmental domain, activity language development, or educator strategies, like following the child’s lead), age of the children, or setting. It is also possible to find videos by doing a key word search.
Tuning In: Parents of Young Children Tell Us What They Think, Know and Need
ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, released the results of a survey, drawn from a nationally-representative sample of 2,200 parents of children birth to 5 years, this year. The results include findings on issues such as parenting challenges, the dilemma of how to discipline young children, and what parents understand about early development. Here are a few of the interesting findings:
- Almost all parents feel judged all the time
- Parents overall consistently underestimate just how early children can be affected by some critical experiences (e.g., nearly half of parents think that reading to children starts to benefit long-term language development about a year and a half later than it actually does); and
- About half of parents believe that children are capable of self-control and other developmental milestones much earlier than they actually are.
An overview/key insights document is available, in addition to the full report, at this website.
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Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue No. 63 August 2016
The Genius of Babies
Curious what goes on inside a tiny human mind? They can’t talk (yet), but babies know a lot more than you think.
Discover five TED Talks, each of which explores the genius of babies from a different perspective.
Babies’ Brains Learn Speech Months Before Their First Words
A baby might only be able to babble “mama” or “dada” in response to you now, but every time you talk to him or her you’re planting the seeds that will eventually help them say those words on their own. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that even though babies don’t look like they understand speech, they’re actually listening very carefully to everything they hear and trying to learn how to form language well before they even start speaking.
Preparing Educators to Support Infants and Toddlers
What are the capabilities that distinguish an effective infant-toddler professional? Here are two studies with ideas.
- Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence (Research Brief OPRE 2016-15) – Discusses the available evidence on the associations between the preparation of infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, and improvements in quality and child outcomes.
- Describing the Preparation and Ongoing Professional Development of the Infant/Toddler Workforce: An Analysis of the National Survey for Early Care and Education Data (Research Brief OPRE 2016-16) – Explores some of the strengths and needs of the infant/toddler workforce in center-based as well as home-based early care and education programs.
The Surprisingly Logical Minds of Babies
How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.
Building Literacy with Lullabies: A Message from Two Grandmothers
Infants are not born wired to learn a certain language; rather, they acquire their vocabulary from what they hear. It would seem common sense, then, that the more words a young child is surrounded with, the more words they will learn to speak. A well-known research study found that low-income children, by the age of three, were exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers. Without a doubt, this immense word gap places underprivileged children at a disadvantage before they even enter school. It also places a great responsibility on the adults who care for these children.
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