Navigation Links
Toy Blocks Might Boost Toddlers' Language Skills

'Imaginative learning' play may help, study suggests

TUESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- An age-old children's pastime -- playing with toy blocks -- may help boost the language development of middle- and low-income children, a U.S. study finds.

The pilot study of 175 children ages 1.5 to 2.5 years was funded by a toy block maker.

In the study, the children were divided into two groups. One group of 88 children received two sets of building blocks, and their parents were given suggestions on block-related activities they could do with their children, such as sorting the blocks by color. A second group of 87 children did not receive any blocks during the study.

After six months, parents' assessments of their children's development indicated that children who played with toy blocks scored 15 percent higher on language than children who didn't receive blocks. There was no difference in attention scores.

The findings are published in the October issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"Further study (including laboratory assessments) to corroborate these findings and to explore whether attentional capacity could be significantly improved given a large sample is warranted," wrote Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, of the University of Washington, Seattle, and the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, and colleagues.

They noted that early childhood is "critical period" in the development of a youngster's mind. "The newborn brain triples in size between birth and two years of age. The long-standing presumption has been that certain activities during this period promote optimal development, and that others may hinder it."

Imaginative play can help in the development of memory, impulse control and language. While many toys claim to help improve young children's cognitive development, most of those claims are unsubstantiated, the study authors noted.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more about speech and language development.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Oct. 1, 2007

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Valporic Acid Blocks Latent HIV Replication
2. Inhibitor That Blocks Host Receptors Found To be Effective In Treating Anthrax
3. Latest Weight-Loss Pill Offers Modest Results, Blocks Munchies
4. New Drug Blocks Influenza, Including Bird Flu Virus
5. Sentry Enzyme Blocks Two Paths to Parkinson’s Diseas
6. Amnesia Drug That Blocks Bad Memories on the Anvil
8. Anemia Treatment for Cancer Patients Might Not be a Good Idea.
9. Cabbage, cauliflower might contribute to cancer prevention
10. Suicide might be inherited
11. Cleanliness might lead to Asthma
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... ... running, and walking are regular Sunday activities for many South Floridians, but their physical ... That’s when the 7th annual ANF Group Tour de Broward will take place at ... Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. , The community fundraiser, sponsored by ANF Group, consists ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... HemoTreat™ has announced that the company ... to its website. , “Our goal is simple:” says Michael Blasco, HemoTreat’s Chief ... comparison chart and ingredient list allows our customers to quickly see why, and ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... At Grand Dental PC, their priority is to deliver quality ... dental problems, you need to turn to a dentist who listens and responds; an ... a friendly dentist who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Dr. Seth D. Margulies specializes in ... can visit Dr. Margulies to experience the best available orthodontic experience in the area. ... "NJ Top Dentist"! , Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... International telepathology consultations can significantly improve patient ... Diagnostics researchers. Their review of more than 1,500 pathology cases submitted electronically ... significantly altered treatment plans for more than half of the cases in which ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... DULLES, Va. , Nov. 30, 2015  IBA ... the manufacture and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals, announced that as ... Zevacor Pharma, Inc. (Zevacor Pharma). The decision to rebrand ... of the firm as well as its close relationship ... owned by Illinois Health and Science (IHS). ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 Baxalta Incorporated ... leader dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to ... conditions, today announced the launch and first ... an extended circulating half-life recombinant factor VIII ... full-length ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)]. The treatment ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , Nov. 30, ... has been the norm in U.S. medical ... obsolete. The increasingly popular accountable care payer-provider ... payment models and, in their wake, alter ... or quality-based payments will push forward new ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: