New Study: Can You Help Your Infant Learn Faster?

Dr. Jennifer Aston explains a new Indiana University study, which suggests that playing with children may help improve their development.
1:32 | 04/29/16

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We move on to that new study for parents on how to help your baby learn faster. It reveries the way you pay attention to things could affect your children and Dr. Jen Ashton is here with the details. What did it find. Good morning, George. This is really all about attention holding ability and joint or combined focus between two people and looked at 32 of them and tracked the way they interacted with a toy while playing. If you look at this video this is from the parent's perspective. What you can't hear is that it's not just that they're holding an object and expecting the baby to look at it. These about 10-month-olds to 12-month-olds but using different intonations and facial expressions and what they found the longer the parent looked at the object or interacted with it, the longer focus the baby put on that. If you're into it, the baby is into it. Absolutely. It's not always easy or realistic for parents so what's your advice? That is an understatement and any parent knows that. The important thing, stay in the moment. It's so hard when you have a baby not to try to kind of do other things but, remember, if you're staring at your phone, what are you teaching your baby to do because they follow what we do, not just what we say. Keep the multitasking to a minimum and it's really about the interest, the attention and the response that you're giving that moment and that play because play sets the foundation for learning, social development, language development, this is really important. Good stuff. Thanks very much.

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