Frequently Asked Questions
Should toddlers watch television?
Studies have shown that children under 3 years of age with prolonged exposure to television may have increased risk of attention deficit (hyperactivity). However, these studies typically do not consider programming that is specifically designed for children. One large study showed that children 8 to 16 months who watched television alone had a negative impact on language comprehension but watching with a parent did not. We strongly recommend that Little Leaders® videos be an interactive event with parent and child. In fact, it could be fun for the entire family!
Is there a benefit to exposing toddlers to other languages?
Our world continues to get smaller, and we have easier means than ever before to communicate around the globe between people of all cultures, backgrounds and languages. Parents are increasingly seeing the value of exposing their children to multiple languages, not only for overall cognitive development, but also to best equip their children for a world where being multi-lingual will be a huge advantage, if not a prerequisite. We all know what a sponge a child's ears can be in these early years, so it's the perfect time to expose them to the sounds and nuances of multiple languages!
What is the big deal about teaching my child Sign Language?
Studies show that babies are actually using sign language long before their vocal chords are developed. But do you really need PhD's and MD's to tell you that? The first time your child reached up to you, he or she was communicating with you via their body. Studies clearly show that babies who lack the ability to hear can communicate with gestures long before hearing babies can talk. Basic physical motor skills develop before the ability to speak which can be very frustrating for your child ("Terrible Two's" anyone?) Teaching basic sign language to your toddler can help increase communication and perhaps "Diffuse the Terrible Two's!"
Is a toddler old enough to learn Sign Language?
Almost 80% of babies can grab food with their hands at 6-7 months. If they can grab food, it's time to start capitalizing on their newfound motor abilities via Sign Language!
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