Monday, October 24, 2016

Keeping with the audiobook theme Linda Flanagan writes about reading literacy and audiobooks in her recent blog post entitled How Audiobooks can Help Kids who Struggle with Reading posted on Mind/Shift Oct. 23, 2016. Flanagan reports that "Research underscores the link between listening and literacy. Work by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that the vocabularies of three-year-olds were predictive of their language and reading skills at age ten. Studies carried out at Stanford showed a gap in vocabularies between children of the well-off and those with lower socioeconomic status is apparent in children as young as 18 months. And professor Nina Kraus at Northwestern University, who explores the complexity of sound processing in the brain, has found that a variety of factors, including income level and a mother’s education, play a role in how well children process sound—which in turn affects reading ability." Read the full article here

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