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Mother and father sitting on floor reading a book to their babyA recent study found that for young children at risk for learning and behavioral challenges, reading together with a parent can help support their language development later in life. Researchers studied the impact of parents reading to children as young as 1 year old with certain risk factors that make them susceptible to delays in development. The results? “Children with genetic variations that put them at-risk fared just as well as their peers” on later vocabulary assessments when they were read to as babies. This study adds to the existing body of evidence that supports close relationships with caregivers and early actions like talking, reading, and singing as positive influences on infant and toddler development.

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