Daily chat helps develop speech

Think About It

October 10, 1999

Here is some good news for single parents.

A 1994 study by speech pathology undergraduates at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio found that preschoolers coming from homes with two working parents were almost twice as likely to have speech delays than were children coming from homes with single working parents.

The researchers concluded that the single parent is more likely to discuss the day's events with the child, while married parents returning from work turn to each other for such conversations.

-- "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease

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