The author of 30 million words building a childs brain dr suskind is a pediatric cochlear implant surgeon who studied the disparity between children who had parents who spoke to them regularly and those who heard fewer words in the first three years of life the results astounded her. Children arent born smart theyre made smart by parents chicagoan dana suskind md believes that the difference between those children who do well in school and those who do not is caused by a gap of thirty million words heard spoken by parents and caregivers from the time a child is born until the age of three the period for optimum brain development. Npr coverage of thirty million words building a childs brain tune in talk more take turns by dana md suskind beth suskind and leslie lewinter suskind news author interviews critics . Tonight dana suskind md author of thirty million words and sally tannenbaum avt from the university of chicago medicine will be answering your questions about parent language and how it can build your childs brain follow cochlearchat on twitter tonight from 5 to 6 pm mdt. How to practice 30 million words at home thirty million sounds unfathomable but in reality you get there one word at a time here are some examples that any parent can do to develop a rich language environment at home as suskind explains every routine and activity can be an opportunity for brain building and language
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