Interactions Improve Language Skills: How can ‘Chatta’ help?
The Times has reported that new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. suggests that parents should concentrate on having conversations with their children.
A child’s exposure to language can predict their linguistic and cognitive skills and later academic achievements, with “Oral Narrative Competence” being a proven indicator of future writing competence.
The Times article reports:
“A study led by Rachel Romeo, of Harvard University has suggested that those who were often engaged in conversation by adults had stronger connections between two regions of the brain that are believed to be critical for the comprehension and production of speech.
The results are thought to be the first time that a link has been found between a specific aspect of a child’s experience of language — that is, being part of conversations with grown-ups — and a structural property of the brain.
The effect was found to be independent of a child’s socioeconomic status and the amount of speech that took place in their home.
It suggests that the findings could be used to formulate better strategies for supporting children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.”
This is exactly where ‘chatta’ can help parents and children.
The powerful chatta approach promotes interaction based on the everyday experiences a child has. The emphasis is on modelling language, rehearsing language, sharing stories and making conversation and interaction a habit.
Chatta is a unique approach which has been developed to combine a wide range of the research-informed influences on a child’s development – creating a simple and powerful approach which achieves more talk, more interactions, more effective communication and children prepared to fulfil their potential as they move through school.
If you are involved in working with parents and families, early years educators or academic researchers and want to find out more about ‘chatta’ please contact.