Download the full text: Zauche_2017_The Power of Language Nutrition for Children’s Brain Development, Health, and Future Academic Achievement
core topic(s)Early Literacy , Pediatric Primary Care
Population CharacteristicsInfant/Newborn , Medical Providers , Toddler/Preschool
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherBrain/Neurocognitive , Child Development (general) , Clinic-Based Programs and Interventions , Language and Literacy Development , Parent-Child Relationships/Interactions , Programs and Interventions (other) , School Readiness and Educational Outcomes , Talk with Me Baby
objectivesThe purpose of this article is to review key components of language-rich interactions and examine existing or previously developed interventions that focus on improving the language and literacy skills of 0- to 3-year-old children. This two-fold purpose will lead to a discussion of how pediatric health care providers can integrate Language Nutrition coaching into their daily practice to help support families in optimizing their child's future health and educational trajectory.
exposureInterventions that focus on improving the language and literacy skills of 0- to 3-year-olds.
outcomes evaluatedChildhood development, health, and academic achievement.
methodsPubMed and Web of Science were searched for peer-reviewed studies published between 1990 and 2015 in the English language using the key terms parent or caregiver, infant or child, intervention, talk or read, and language or literacy. Studies were selected if they discussed or evaluated parent-based interventions for improving the language or literacy of 0- to 3-year-children. A total of 57 articles met search criteria.
sample sizen=57 (articles)
Measures of Language Nutrition (a term created to describe language exposure that is rich in quality and quantity and delivered in the context of social interactions): quantity of words and power of interactions.
Measures of Parentese: parentese (infant directed speech) and home language).
Interventions Evaluated: Pequeños y Valiosos (Young and Valuable), Reach Out and Read, Talk With Me Baby, Thirty Million Words Initiative.