Listening with your eyes

Why should parents focus on communicating with their child? Because early speech and language skills are associated with success in developing reading, writing, and interpersonal skills, both in childhood and later in life.

Research shows that poorer children heard approximately 600 words per hour; whilst working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, but interestingly, children from professional families heard 2,100 words per hour.

By the age of 3, a poorer child would have heard 30 million fewer words in their home environment than a child from a professional family.