Building a Child's Brain
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New research demonstrating the importance of communicating with your child right from birth.

Founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago, Suskind provides an extensive analysis of why it is imperative to speak to your child from the moment he or she is born. Using research data to support her concepts, the author shows that “the essential wiring of the human brain, the foundation for all thinking and learning, occurs largely in our first three years of life…optimum brain development is language-dependent.” Based on her investigations, Suskind and other research scientists have determined that a child who hears a vast amount of language during the critical first three years of life will have a higher IQ and score higher on tests and excel in science, technology, engineering, and math over children who hear less conversation. After giving ample scientific evidence to back her ideas, the author provides readers with the basic three-step method she devised for her institute to help parents and others involved in early childhood development implement this concept, as well as sample conversations to help parents get started. This process involves tuning in to the child and his interests—talking with a child, not just to him—and engaging in an actual conversation with the child. According to Suskind, even babies who haven’t learned to speak can be engaged, and it is vital to begin this process from the baby’s earliest moments. The author also emphasizes how important it is for children to learn a second language, if possible, during the first three years of life; this also helps build highly important neural connections that will be useful later in life. Suskind’s vision is empowering, her methods are surprisingly simple to execute, and the results have been proven to nurture children toward becoming stable, empathetic adults.

Informative, exciting new data that confirms the significant benefits gained by talking to your child.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-525-95487-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2015


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