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July 4, 2015

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July 4, 2015

Minority Students Are Underrepresented in Special Education

June 24, 2015 — A new federally funded study finds that racial, ethnic, and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely than otherwise similar white, English-speaking children to be ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Babytalk, which includes higher-pitched voices and a wider range of pitches, is sometimes known as "motherese," partly because most research on parent-child interactions has traditionally ... read more

May 18, 2015 — An area of the brain that is sensitive to the timing of speech has been discovered by researchers. The new study advances our understanding of how humans make sense of spoken ... read more

Accents: Hard to Understand, Harder to Remember?

May 18, 2015 — Studies have shown that individuals with hearing loss or who are listening to degraded speech – think of a loud room -- have greater difficulty remembering and processing the spoken information ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that 6-month-old infants appear to be much more interested in listening to other babies than they are in listening to adults. The researchers believe that an attraction to ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Young children who hear more than one language spoken at home become better communicators, a new study ... read more

Congress Approval Rating Tanking Over Poor Choice of Words

May 11, 2015 — US Congress approval ratings are at record lows. Now a new study suggests that this may be partly due to a decline in the use of warm, agreeable language in the ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Although the human ability to write evolved from our ability to speak, writing and talking are now such independent systems in the brain that someone who can't write a grammatically correct ... read more

Brain Differences Seen in Children With Dyslexia, Dysgraphia

Apr. 28, 2015 — Structural brain differences between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia and children who are typical language learners have been observed by researchers in a recent study. Researchers say the ... read more

Dyslexic Children Do Not Detect Stressed Syllables Well While Listening to Words

Apr. 28, 2015 — Dyslexia is not only a problem related to reading; children with this difficulty also display impaired prosodic processing, in other words, they struggle to detect stressed syllables. A team of ... read more

MRI Shows Association Between Reading to Young Children and Brain Activity

Apr. 25, 2015 — There is evidence that reading to young children is in fact associated with differences in brain activity supporting early reading ... read more

Glimpses of How the Brain Transforms Sound

Apr. 23, 2015 — When people hear the sound of footsteps or the drilling of a woodpecker, the rhythmic structure of the sounds is striking. Even when the temporal structure of a sound is less obvious, as with human ... read more

Nothing Beats a Good Night's Sleep for Helping People Absorb New Information, New Research Reveals

Apr. 17, 2015 — Researchers have found that successful long-term learning happens after classroom teaching, after the learners have slept on the new ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — 'By studying language in people with aphasia, we can try to accomplish two goals at once: we can improve our clinical understanding of aphasia and get new insights into how language is organized ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A family therapist has one word for parents who want to raise a healthy, happy child: ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers have shed new light on synesthesia -- the effect of hearing colors, seeing sounds and other cross-sensory ... read more

Brain Activity in Infants Predicts Language Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apr. 9, 2015 — Autism spectrum disorder can produce different clinical outcomes in young children, with some having strong conversation abilities and others not talking at all. A new study reveals at the first ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers say it may be possible to predict future language development outcomes in toddlers with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), even before ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — A new study by a linguistics professor sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — A grad student is conducting research that studies the ways in which infants' eyes track their mothers' faces -- a small detail that can have a big impact on a child's foundation for ... read more

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