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Denver Colorado: 6 November 2017
The Building Babies Brains Foundation Ltd
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Parentese: Essential for Ensuring US Economic Health AND Building Babies Brains.
Getting all Americans to speak Parentese with their newborns is critical for ensuring the supply of qualified workers that the United States must have if it is to compete in a global economy where our competitors’ workforces are increasingly well-
That’s the takeaway from the plenary presentation delivered at the LENA Foundation's 2017 Early Language Conference by Flávio Cunha, Professor of Economics at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania's Population Studies Center.
According to Cunha,
1) The growth in US income inequality and the continuing declines in labor productivity are both the result of our education system’s failure to generate greater numbers of qualified college graduates, and
2) The solution lies in widely implementing early parent-
Although the Professor didn’t explicitly mention it during his presentation, just such an intervention already exists, and it’s called “Parentese.”
Also known as “motherese,” “serve and return interaction,” “child directed speech,” and “baby talk,” Parentese is a way of ‘speaking’ with infants that includes a higher vocal pitch, sing-
A prodigious body of neurocognitive research and analysis – from the Harvard Center on The Developing Child, the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Science, Princeton’s Baby Lab, and many others -
Most upper and middle class mothers instinctively break into Parentese with their infants from the moment of birth. Unfortunately, very few socioeconomically deprived mothers do the same.
That, according to its founder, Tom Benghauser, is why the Building Babies Brains Foundation is dedicated to achieving a single objective: ensuring that all new moms interact with their newborns as often as possible in Parentese – and Parentese only – throughout their first six months.
The 501(c)3 charity’s solution for achieving this objective? A month before their due dates it will gift target moms high-
The ParenteseNow app will monitor moms’ environment 24/7s and, as soon as it detects that they’re not speaking proper Parentese despite being in a right-
It will also boost moms’ confidence and self-
A randomized controlled trial of the ParenteseNow smartphone intervention is currently at an advanced stage of planning.
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