Navigation Links
Preschool kids do better when they talk to themselves, research shows
Date:3/28/2008

FAIRFAX, Va., March 28, 2008Parents should not worry when their pre-schoolers talk to themselves; in fact, they should encourage it, says Adam Winsler, an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University. His recent study published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly showed that 5-year-olds do better on motor tasks when they talk to themselves out loud (either spontaneously or when told to do so by an adult) than when they are silent.

Young children often talk to themselves as they go about their daily activities, and parents and teachers shouldnt think of this as weird or bad, says Winsler. On the contrary, they should listen to the private speech of kids. Its a fantastic window into the minds of children.

In the study, Should I let them talk": Private speech and task performance among preschool children with and without behavior problems, 78 percent of the children performed either the same or better on the performance task when speaking to themselves than when they were silent.

The study also showed that children with behavioral problems (such as those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD) tend to talk to themselves more often than children without signs of behavior problems.

Given that kids with behavior concerns need more direction and control from adults, teachers may unnecessarily ask children to be quiet in classrooms out of fear that such speech coming from difficult-to-manage kids will lead to problem behavior, says Winsler. Yet non-disruptive private speech would actually help these children as they develop. Therefore, teacher training and professional development efforts should suggest that teachers increase their tolerance level for this kind of private speech.

Winsler says that private speech is very common and perfectly normal among children between the ages of 2 and 5. As children begin talking to themselves, their communication skills with the outside world improve.

This is when language comes inside, says Winsler. As these two communication processes merge, children use private speech in the transition period. Its a critical period for children, and defines us as human beings.

Winsler also conducted the first-ever study looking at private speech in children with autism. He found that high-functioning autistic children talk to themselves often and in the same ways that non-autistic children do. Talking aloud also improved their performance on tasks.

Children with autism have problems with their external social speech, so psychologists assumed that their private speech would also be impaired, says Winsler. But this study shows that it is not the casethat autistic children use their private speech very effectively as a tool to help them with tasks.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tara Laskowski
tlaskows@gmu.edu
703-993-8815
George Mason University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Nonmedicinal treatment touted for preschoolers with ADHD
2. How Best to Treat Preschoolers With ADHD? The Harvard Mental Health Letter Discusses the Options
3. Intervening in Preschool Years Can Prevent Juvenile Deliquency
4. Child mental health experts issue psychiatric medication treatment guidelines for preschoolers
5. Preschool for all would help nation, say 2008 Grawemeyer Award winners
6. Preschoolers nightmares less prevalent, are trait-like and associated with personality
7. Close ties between parents and babies yield benefits for preschoolers
8. Fixing Poor Vision Boosts Preschoolers Test Scores
9. Preschool Intervention Curbed Trend Toward Obesity
10. Conventional prognostic factors fail to explain better prostate cancer survival in most Asian men
11. Waist-to-hip ratio may better predict cardiovascular risk than body mass index
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Dignity Health ... General Hospital Emergency Room –Mesa. The new facility is licensed under Dignity ... , “Dr. Bingham is an excellent leader and will ensure our new freestanding emergency ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... “ HEALING MIND ... through a Well Managed Mind” (published by Balboa Press) teaches readers how to become ... being through profound love, author Janice McDermott, M.Ed., LCSW, offers an understanding of how ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... SPH Analytics ... action analytics leader’s population health solutions, MDinsight® and IndiGO®, for its primary care ... healthcare system. Details of the contract were not disclosed. , As the healthcare ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing aides ... Time to Act, Time to Heal” on Thursday, February 25 from 9:00 to 11:00 ... is Vishal Chedda, president of ANSA Consultants, who will discuss clinical best practices throughout ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Florida Hospital presents Heart Health ... the St. Louis Blues at the Amalie Arena. The puck drops at 6:00pm, but ... exhibit, the MEGA Heart, prior to the game. The MEGA Heart will be located ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... PLATTSBURGH, NY , Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Demers Ambulances ... Florida to Okaloosa County ... 164 Type III ambulances and one LT2 van. Quality Emergency ... Demers dealer, is responsible for the sale.  This is the ... Benoit LaFortune , Executive Vice President at Demers. --> ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Memorial Hermann Health System has teamed up ... to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to pediatric patients at ... such as 360-degree video and Google Cardboard, Howard was ... – giving the patients and their families an unexpected, ... caught on video . Memorial Hermann ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARLZ ... Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at the ... at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February ... Adrian Adams , will perform the honorary ... 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be available ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: