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Good communication from birth is the key to good communication in future    

Posted by Kathleen Steeden | 0 comments  
30Jun2011
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Professor Sue Roulstone, from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research and Director of the Speech and Language therapy Research Unit, has led a research project identifying the impact of children's early communication environment on their educational development and communication skills in later life.

This project was led by Professor Sue Roulstone, Underwood Trust Professor of Language and Communication Impairment at UWE, in collaboration with Professor Tim Peters from the University of Bristol, Professor James Law from Newcastle University, Dr Robert Rush from the Queen Margaret University and Dr Judy Clegg from the University of Sheffield.

The report published today shows that certain aspects of a child's early upbringing - up to two years old - such as having children's books around and not having the television on too much, can have a positive effect on their success when they start school.

Professor Roulstone said that, "The main message is that, as parents, we can have an impact on how our children learn to talk by providing a range of communication experiences. And the better our children are at talking by the age of two years, the better they will do when they start school.”

For further information read the full UWE press release here

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