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15 April 2011

Parent's 'um' and 'uh' helps kids learn

Parents who say "um" and "uh" when speaking to their toddlers aren't setting a bad example; they're actually helping the children learn language more efficiently, according to researchers.

Parents who say "um" and "uh" when speaking to their toddlers aren't setting a bad example; they're actually helping the children learn language more efficiently, according to researchers.

This effect was only significant in children older than 24 months, likely because younger children haven't yet learned that stumbles and hesitations in speech (called disfluencies) tend to precede new or unknown words, explained lead author and graduate student Celeste Kidd and colleagues.

 
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