Re­peat­ing sto­ries can help chil­dren with reading

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By TOM PUGH

Sim­ple rep­e­ti­tion learn­ing tech­niques could help young chil­dren strug­gling with lan­guage to learn vo­cab­u­lary faster, ac­cord­ing to re­search in­volv­ing Bri­tish sci­en­tists.

A study looked at whether re­peated sto­ry­book reading could help young­sters with spe­cific lan­guage im­pair­ment (SLI) re­tain in­for­ma­tion and words com­pared to chil­dren de­vel­op­ing at the typ­i­cal rate for their age.

Dr Jes­sica Horst, from the Univer­sity of Sus­sex, said: “We hope these re­sults will be en­cour­ag­ing to par­ents of chil­dren with SLI. Al­though there is much left to do, these find­ings are promis­ing and may help us cre­ate cost-ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tion for chil­dren with SLI.”

Prof Katha­rina Rohlf­ing said reading a story again and again and es­tab­lish­ing a reading rou­tine might the best com­bi­na­tion.

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