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July 16, 2018

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found that rhythmic pattern in music can improve a baby’s ability to detect and make predictions about patterns in speech and boost their overall cognitive skills.

Author: Molly McElroy
Source: University of Washington
Estimated time to read: 03:23

July 2, 2018

Speech and language is an essential part of a child’s development. Language development affects social interactions, behavior and academic skills. Early intervention and treatment ensures better outcomes.

Author: Lauren Lowry, a Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist
Source: The Hanen Center
Estimated time to read: 05:50

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Sensory Development: Hearing

Hearing is fully developed in newborns. Babies with normal hearing turn their heads towards a source or direction of sound and are startled by loud sounds. A three weeks old baby can distinguish between the mother’s and father’s voices and the voice of a stranger. At three to six months, their vocalizations begin to increase. According to the WHO, 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable, therefore, it is vital for parents to understand these hearing and sound development milestones to detect early signs of hearing loss.

This video first explains anatomy of the ear and how the sound waves travel from the ear to auditory area of the brain. Then it talks about the importance of the quality of sound during  early childhood in developing good hearing as well as the signs of common hearing problems. 

Author: Changing Brains
Source: Changing Brains
Time to watch: 07:55

This checklist presents the average age by which most babies accomplish a variety of early listening and communication skills. Parents and caregivers can use this checklist to track and discuss their child’s communication development with their child’s doctor. 

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Hearing loss has significant negative impact on child’s development. This article from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) lists different areas of development that are affected by the hearing loss. Children with hearing loss remain an under-identified and underserved population. By understanding the importance of hearing and early intervention, parents can help change remedy the situation. 

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This checklist presents the average age by which most babies accomplish a variety of early listening and communication skills. Parents and caregivers can use this checklist to track and discuss their child’s communication development with their child’s doctor. 

ears-2545756_1920

This video first explains anatomy of the ear and how the sound waves travel from the ear to auditory area of the brain. Then it talks about the importance of the quality of sound during  early childhood in developing good hearing as well as the signs of common hearing problems. 

Author: Changing Brains
Source: Changing Brains
Time to watch: 07:55