Cochlear implant surgeon Dana Suskind founded the Thirty Million Words program in Chicago after discovering that language-rich environments affected whether her young patients learned to talk. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Dr. Suskind states, “Your heart and lungs come out fully developed when you are born, but the brain is completely dependent on what it encounters on its ride to full development, and especially in the first three years there’s a huge amount of brain development that occurs: 80 to 85 percent of the physical brain will be developed in that time. And that brain is absolutely dependent on the language input, parent talk, and interaction, which is the key catalyst for creating those neural connections. A lot of people think of parent talk as just a way to build children’s vocabulary. But in truth, because it has such a fundamental impact on all the brain wiring, parent talk impacts all of brain function, from memory, emotion, to stability, [self-regulation], [to] spatial and math [skills].”
What: “Thirty Million Words” Tweet Chat
When: October 28, 2015, from 5 to 6 p.m. MDT
We are excited to provide you an opportunity to get your questions answered and learn more about how you can harness the power of parent talk to build a child’s brain and positively impact his or her future. Dr. Dana Suskind, MD, author of “Thirty Million Words,” and Sally Tannenbaum, M.Ed., CED, LSLS Cert. AVT, will be answering questions and sharing more about how thirty million words can make a lifetime of difference. Follow #CochlearChat on Twitter to see all the questions and ask your own!
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