If 6-month old Mike has even a small glitch in the speed of responding to sounds, he’s likely to have language processing problems at 3.
A long-term study proved that if babies have a sluggish response to the basic units of sound, they will lag in their “sounding out” skills. This lag impedes reading fluency and comprehension.
If reading comprehension lags throughout school, future economic opportunity is severely limited.
This issue isn’t as much about hearing as it is about processing speed. The best time to make sure that Mike becomes a competent student is the first 6 months.
Engaging him verbally is important, so is instrumental music of all kinds, rhymes and fast-paced, spirited songs.
Don’t get too caught up in visual stimulation because it’s what babies like, language development is the key to a successful future.
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