In a recent article published in the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the idea of baby talk. In The Power of Talking to Your Baby definitive and critical research about child development is discussed. Scholars have debated the reason(s) for the dramatic chasm between children raised in poverty and those who are not. Numerous ideas have been hypothesized for closing this gap. A rather simplistic, however, “is creeping into the policy debate: that the key to early learning is talking — specifically, a child’s exposure to language spoken by parents and caretakers from birth to age 3, the more the better. It turns out, evidence is showing, that the much-ridiculed stream of parent-to-child baby talk…is very, very important.” Research has shown that low-income children are talked to significantly less than children above the poverty line. Research is also showing that simply increasing baby talk can have dramatic benefits for at-risk children. Click here for the full article.
About Lisa Steffek
Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.