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It's, uh, ok to pause when teaching toddlers new words

By John Published: April 15, 2011

ScienceDaily reports on a new study conducted at the University of Rochester's Baby Lab showing that verbal hesitations and pauses signal to children that grownups are about to teach them something.

For instance, say you're walking through the zoo with your two-year-old and you are trying to teach him animal names. You point to the rhinoceros and say, "Look at the, uh, uh, rhinoceros." It turns out that as you are fumbling for the correct word, you are also sending your child a signal that you are about to teach him something new, so he should pay attention, according to the researchers.

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