Factors Affecting
Language Development in Children

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Shyness slows language development

Temperament differs. Shy children have significantly slower development of expressive and receptive language.

Shyness limits vocabulary and other language skills development. The reticent nature of shy children also limits their participation in social interactions and practices of the acquired skills.

Socio-economic status

Socio-emotional problems and lower quality of life can lead to receptive and expressive language delays and disorders.

Parent–child shared reading

  • Spoken language:
    Effects of shared reading have been studied in relation to receptive and expressive language development. Early book reading enhances the spoken language skills of the toddlers.

  • Phonation and vocabulary development:
    The language skills are found to be more advanced in children who shared reading experiences from 14 months of age. These children are reported to develop 14 percent of their subsequent language within the following 4 months.

  • Written language
    Written language during early childhood development is not affected by shared reading habits of preschool years.

    Besides vocabulary, w
    ritten language depends on development of various facets of communication skills. It also depends on child's
    fine motor skills and cognitive development.

    early verbal language competence is known to be strongly linked to the development of child’s literary skills and reading abilities.

Attitude of child

Child’s attitude towards school and the peer group can affect his written language as reflected by his tendency towards faulty spellings.

Children with early language impairment

Children with early language often impairment continue to have difficulty in communication. This jeopardizes their scholastic achievements and social image

Children with persistent difficulty in learning a language should be investigated for difficulty in listening, remembering, and understanding complex language.

Neurological disorders

Children with simple or complex partial seizures are likely to suffer from language disorders. Distorted speech during early development stage, as in cerebral palsy, is usually perceived as delay in language development.

Teenage mothers

Children of teenage mothers qualify poorly for expressive language development and language comprehension.

This highlights the importance of mother–child interaction in development of children's language proficiency, which is noticeably compromised in the parenting pattern of teenage mothers.

Teenage mothers are usually find it difficult to carry out effective verbal communication with their children.

Verbal interaction with child care providers

Parents and babysitters who provide rich verbal interaction stimulate child's language and psychosocial development. Studies show that melodies in caregivers' speech provide a species-specific guidance towards language and speech development.

Home literary environment

The home literary environment supports receptive and expressive vocabulary growth during the second and third years of life.

Language videos

The videos that make educational claims for development of infants’ and toddlers’ language are found to be of questionable value.

The studies that were conducted have highlighted the co-occurrence of onscreen print for infants as the target audience, who cannot read!

Please note that for development of overall communication skills nothing can replace interactive language-rich environment of affectionate parenting.

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