[R-0108] S6. Social Interactions

Citation: TEDx Talks. (2014). Why talking to little kids matters/Anne Fernald/TEDxMonterey. Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHwJyjm7rM [or enter “TEDx Talks 2014 Why talking to little kids matters” in your search window].

Abstract: In this 19:09-minute video, Dr. Anne Fernald, Director of the Language Learning Lab of the Stanford Psychology Department, explains how the quality of our interactions with infants and young children effects their brain development for life.

Integration: The information presented in this video fits well with content presented in the early childhood courses Child, Development; Child, Family and Community and Infants, Toddlers and Twos.

Content Focus: Brain Development; Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Communication; Comprehension; Early Language Experience; Early Learning; High Socio-Economic Status (SES); Hispanic Children; Infants, Toddlers and Twos; Language Exercise; Latino Families; Linguistic Diversity; Linguistic Nutrition; Low Socio-Economic Status (SES); Oral Language Skills; Processing Speed; Research; Spanish-Speaking; Spanish-Learning Child; Speech Processing

Notes: Have students discuss the reasons why parents may not be able to nurture their child’s brain development through their social and verbal engagement, in other words through talking with their baby in rich and supportive ways. Have them apply the findings of the research described by Dr. Fernald to their work as early childhood educators.