What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

In a recent NPR segment, the author dives into new research around the world of reading. The author states, "When children are being read to — compared with other storytelling formats, like animation — they are doing more work than meets the eye. "It's that muscle they're developing bringing the images to life in their minds," says the author of a new study."

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LA Johnson/NPR

Hutton, a researcher and pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, notes that story telling without animation or photos leads to stronger imagery in the children's mind. He reports concern in the long term for kids who are exposed to too much animation, as their brains are not integrating the words into photos, and development of this vital skill is halted. This can lead to difficulties down the line with language processing, reading processing, and forming mental pictures when provided with directions. 

This story is a great example of the work done here at our clinic to help build language, reading and listening processing. 



Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!