THIRTY MILLION WORDS BUILDING A CHILDS BRAIN

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Thirty Million Words

Author : Dana Suskind
ISBN : 9780698194328
Genre : Family & Relationships
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*Nominated for the Books for a Better Life Award* The founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Professor Dana Suskind, explains why the most important—and astoundingly simple—thing you can do for your child’s future success in life is to talk to him or her, reveals the recent science behind this truth, and outlines precisely how parents can best put it into practice. The research is in: Academic achievement begins on the first day of life with the first word said by a cooing mother just after delivery. A study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley in 1995 found that some children heard thirty million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. The children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. These same kids, when followed into third grade, had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap. Professor Dana Suskind, MD, learned of this thirty million word gap in the course of her work as a cochlear implant surgeon at University of Chicago Medical School and began a new research program along with her sister-in-law, Beth Suskind, to find the best ways to bridge that gap. The Thirty Million Word Initiative has developed programs for parents to show the kind of parent-child communication that enables optimal neural development and has tested the programs in and around Chicago across demographic groups. They boil down to getting parents to follow the three Ts: Tune in to what your child is doing; Talk more to your child using lots of descriptive words; and Take turns with your child as you engage in conversation. Parents are shown how to make the words they serve up more enriching. For example, instead of telling a child, “Put your shoes on,” one might say instead, “It is time to go out. What do we have to do?” The lab's new five-year longitudinal research program has just received funding so they can further corroborate their results. The neuroscience of brain plasticity is some of the most valuable and revolutionary medical science being done today. It enables us to think and do better. It is making a difference in the lives of both the old and young. If you care for children, this landmark book is essential reading. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Family & Relationships

Talking With Your Toddler

Author : Teresa Laikko
ISBN : 9781612435893
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A HANDY PARENT'S GUIDE THAT TURNS PROFESSIONAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT INTO CHILD'S PLAY Are you concerned that your child is not verbalizing? The solution may be as simple as a game. Talking with Your Toddler teaches you how to stimulate speech using everyday play. It makes learning to talk fun and engaging for your child. With proven therapies and easy-to-follow activities, Talking with Your Toddler makes an ideal home companion. - Tips to promote talking throughout the day - Hands-on games that teach new words- Tricks for turning drive time into talk time - Fun ways to promote further practice - Techniques for keeping kids engaged Written by experienced speech professionals, this book’s straightforward approach is equally useful for parents at home, teachers in the classroom or therapists in a clinic.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Learned Helplessness Welfare And The Poverty Cycle

Author : Kristina Lyn Heitkamp
ISBN : 9781534504639
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Between 1996 and 2017, the number of families on welfare declined to less than a quarter of its former rate of coverage, yet nearly twice as many households live in extreme poverty and nearly 25 percent of American children live in poverty. What can be done to help these children and families escape poverty? Are government programs like welfare the best solution, or are there other ways to pull families out of poverty? This volume looks at the issue of poverty, the various theories about why it proliferates, and a number of proposed strategies to fight it.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Inside The Brain

Author : Ronald Kotulak
ISBN : 0836232895
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Explores how the brain learns, how it controls behavior, how it sustains damage and heals itself, and how scientists are searching for ways to keep it young and healthy.
Category: Health & Fitness

Criminals In The Making

Author : John Paul Wright
ISBN : UOM:39015077649914
Genre : Social Science
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Congratulations to Steve Tibbetts, winner of the Outstanding Professional Development Award at CSU-San Bernadino! “This book is interesting, informative, comprehensive, and-more importantly for students of criminology-accessible.” -Robert Apel, University at Albany "Without doubt, Criminals in the Making will spark debate, incite controversy and challenge mainstream criminological understanding."-THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY Why do individuals exposed to the same environment turn out so differently, with some engaging in crime and others abiding by societal rules and norms? Why are males involved in violent crime more often than females? And why do the precursors of serious pathological behavior typically emerge in childhood? The authors of this text address key questions surrounding criminal propensity by discussing studies of the life-course perspective-criminological research linking biological factors associated with criminality and social environmental agents thought to cause, facilitate, or otherwise influence one's tendency towards criminal activity. The text offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of the current thinking in the field about criminal behavior over the course of a lifetime and ends on a positive note, highlighting interventions proven effective and illustrating how the life-course perspective has contributed to a greater understanding of the causes of crime. Key Features and Benefits Includes a recurring boxed feature on the thief 'Stanley,' adapted from Clifford Shaw's classic case study that was published in a well-known book entitled “The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story” to clarify the life-course concept Provides numerous helpful illustrations of the brain and nervous system to illustrate biological concepts, Addresses interesting issues such as the impact of lead on brain development and the limits of parental influences in boxed inserts throughout the book Features policy recommendations and initiatives for the prevention of crime in the concluding chapter to spark classroom discussion and guide future student research Intended Audience: Designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice and criminology, sociology, and psychology programs, this groundbreaking supplement provides novel insights into criminal pathology for courses such as Criminological Theory and Introduction to Criminology. “I think this is going to be an important book, one that generates discussion and maybe even motivates criminology to become more scientific. This book will force people to reassess their understanding of crime and see how many known facts of crime are illusory once biological concepts are considered.” -Matt DeLisi, Iowa State University
Category: Social Science

Current Controversies In Perinatology An Issue Of Clinics In Perinatology

Author : Robert H. Lane
ISBN : 9780323326735
Genre : Medical
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Neonatal-perinatal medicine has a strong history of evidence based practice but unfortunately there remain many areas of uncertainty and unproven hypotheses and treatments that may harm our highly vulnerable patients. When new ideas are introduced into the labor and delivery room or the NICU we have to evaluate these procedures and therapies before they become accepted as standards of care. We need to learn from the past lessons of grey baby syndrome and chloramphenicol and of kernicterus and sulfonamide antibiotics where therapeutic good intentions actually did more harm than good and increased the mortality rate of premature babies in the NICU.This proposed edition addresses a broad range of current topics in perinatal neonatal practice. The AAP has just issued new guidelines for the approach to a neonate exposed to maternal genital herpes virus infection. The recommendations were not evidence based and are highly controversial as well as confusing. These topics are addressed in a scholarly and objective manner to both address the controversy and help the practitioner make informed decisions.
Category: Medical

Spiritual Intelligence And The Neuroplastic Brain

Author : Charles W. Mark Ph. D.
ISBN : 9781449043322
Genre : Philosophy
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Our brains are getting wired differently in the world of digital technology, information revolution, and in the inter-cultural world of global society. Think of the new vocabulary: Global brain, collective intelligence, global village, and cyberspace. That should tell us something about the neural rewiring that is taking place inside of our brains, whether or not we are aware of it. The fact that the human brain changes throughout a person's life in response to intellectual stimulation, physical exercise, exposure to new cultural environments, learning opportunities, and challenges is a revolutionary discovery. Till twenty years ago neuroscientists believed in the conventional theory that the brain's ability at making new neural connections stopped before a child entered adolescence. That is the old dogma. There is a "Second Copernican Revolution" taking place inside of our brains, writes the author, quoting Carl Zimmer. Some experts are suggesting that we are already living in what Richard Restack calls the "neurosociety." Ray Kurzweil, the futurist, is predicting that by 2045 A.D., human beings will be living in an era of "singularity," when non biological machines invented by human brains and human ingenuity are going to outsmart human intelligence billions of times. What is going to be the fate of the human spirit, human spirituality, the feeling of connection to a force and power that is greater than us (God), our ability to use spiritual imagination and our intelligence? Are we progressively moving away from religion and community-based spirituality into the "spirituality of different strokes for different folks?" In his groundbreaking book, Spiritual Intelligence and The Neuroplastic Brain: A Contextual Interpretation of Modern History, Charles W. Mark takes the reader on a journey through modern history and shows the glimpse of what is to come. http: //www.spirituality-intelligence.com
Category: Philosophy

Eyes For Learning

Author : Antonia Orfield
ISBN : 1578865964
Genre : Education
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Poor vision, if unnoticed and untreated, can dramatically reduce a childOs school achievement. While it is easy to blame underachievement on a variety of causes, the real cause may be directly related to vision development. Strong vision is much more than being able to see the blackboard from the back row. Solid visual skills that underlie brain learning are developed through a variety of activities that are less and less a part of childrenOs lives thanks to TV and video games. Eyes for Learning explains how parents and teachers can spot a vision-related learning problem and how to treat it. Dr. Antonia Orfield provides answers about referrals, required vision tests, and vision-improvement techniques. The bottom line is that good vision is a learned skill that is best developed by the practices explained in this book. Understanding these explanations can go a long way in saving a child from failure in school.
Category: Education

Bright From The Start

Author : Jill Stamm
ISBN : 1592402852
Genre : Education
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A leading authority in infant brain development offers insight into how to maximize a child's mental capacities through strategic communication and bonding techniques that can enhance a baby's cognitive development, in a guide that covers such topics as a beneficial child-care environment, the importance of reading, and teaching children how to pay attention.
Category: Education